Here we go again! A fast-moving fire has destroyed three or four homes in Herriman. Mandatory evacuations are in place. The evacuation area is between 13300 South and 14500 South and from 7200 West to 8200 West.
The Rose Crest Fire started near the Cove subdivision in an unincorporated area of Salt Lake County. The fire was spreading northeast and threatening other structures.
Herriman residents in unaffected areas were asked to stay off the roads to facilitate the evacuations.
"Air drops have been authorized and all efforts and resources are being directed to our fire," Herriman officials said on Twitter.
An evacuation center was opened at Herriman High School, 11917 S. 6000 West. Evacuated animals were asked to be sent to the Barn No. 7 at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center, 11400 S. 2100 West.
Walmart has provided the evacuation center with water and snacks, city officials said. There were 20 volunteers and 24 evacuees at the shelter as of 6 p.m. Friday.
Herriman city officials are urging the public to stay away from the fire.
"Sightseers, please do NOT come into Herriman," the city tweeted. "We need to limit road construction to the extent possible."
Officials are also requesting that people do not make phone calls unless it is an emergency. Text messaging should be used, instead. Cell phone bandwidth is needed for emergency response.