Utah fire destroys 14 homes near resort town

8/15/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
A fire attack helicopter flies over with water as crews work to fight a fire burning near Rockport reservoir, near Wanship, Utah, Tuesday.
A fire attack helicopter flies over with water as crews work to fight a fire burning near Rockport reservoir, near Wanship, Utah, Tuesday.

WANSHIP, Utah  — Officials say they’re bracing for another possible flare-up today in a lightning-sparked wildfire that has destroyed 14 homes near a Utah mountain resort town.

Hundreds of firefighters are setting back fires and bulldozing lines to contain the 2,000-acre fire. They also repositioned fire engines and crews inside the heart of the 2,000-acre fire to protect 250 threatened homes.

For the third day, an evacuation remains in place. The Rockport Fire is burning about 10 miles from Park City.

Summit County District Fire Warden Bryce Boyer says a 14th house was lost Wednesday, but firefighters saved 22 others from burning in the same area.

More than 250 firefighters have the blaze about 25 percent contained. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office was offering to escort people to threatened homes for emergency supplies, pets or medicine.