WEB EXCLUSIVE: Firefighters attack north side of U.S. 40, evacuee praises effort

Firefighters aggressively attacked the Dollar Ridge Fire on the north side of Highway 40 near Current Creek on Thursday. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Firefighters aggressively attacked the Dollar Ridge Fire on the north side of Highway 40 near Current Creek on Thursday.

“I think they are doing a super job. I thought I heard the tanker planes going in and putting it out today but I am not sure," said Paul Wilson.

Wilson is just one of many who are calling Duchesne High School home. He and the others are waiting out the flames to die in Utah's largest wildfire currently burning.

“It did turn and go up through Current Creek I guess, so it turned it the other way from us, alright for us, but a hamper for somebody else,” he said.

Fire officials said U.S. 40 was a good fire line and defensive point, and that all changed when the flames jumped over it last night.

“There’s a very real chance that fire can come over the ridge and then come down," said Don Jacques, a spokesman for the fire crews.

Jacques said firefighters have been battling the blaze with fire and back-burning.

“We have several structures and things that are down here at the bottom so this was our efforts to keep the fire from progressing further this direction," he said.

For Wilson, he said he may just make good use of his time waiting out this massive fire.

“Maybe I can finish high school now,” he said laughing.


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