BREAKING: Wildland Fire at Telephone Canyon

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Photo by Teal Haselhuhn

UPDATE– The Telephone Canyon Fire was reported about 1:30 this afternoon on the west side of Green River.

The Green River Fire Department and their City Water Truck and personnel along with the Sweetwater County Fire Department and the Rock Springs BLM were dispatched to the fire in the bottom of Telephone Canyon just up the road from the Green River City Water treatment Plant.

In total there are about 20 firefighters and 5 wildand fire engines on scene.

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The wildland fire quickly moved up the side of the an adjacent canyon to the east aided by strong winds and steep terrain. Green River Fire Department quickly established command of the fire and made effort to aggressively fight the fire and keep to the south side of a dirt road and away from progressing towards numerous homes on the edge of the city.

As additional resources arrived, direct attack continued on the fire where it was safe to do so in an effort to keep it from cresting the ridge and moving north east towards homes.

The fire is estimated to be 40 acres on private land within the Green River City Limits with crews still on scene “mopping up” hot spots into the evening. No property was damaged and no structures damaged.

The cause is under investigation and anyone with information on the cause of the fire should contact the Green River Fire Department or Police Departments.

SWEETWATER COUNTY– The Sweetwater County Fire Department is currently responding to a wildland fire at Telephone Canyon in Green River, accroding to Sweetwater County Fire Warden Mike Bournazian.

Updates as we get them.