Cache County Crews Battling Avon Fire

Aug 31, 2018

Pineview Reservoir in Weber County is closed to the public as scooper planes fly in the area to battle the Avon Fire

A fire burning on the Cache/Weber county lines has forced the closure of Pineview Reservoir and the evacuation of Powder Mountain Resort. The Avon Fire began Thursday and has burned 2,000 acres.

"It was human caused by target shooting," said Avon fire public information officer Leann Fox. "The individual who started the fire did make the call, from what I have heard. So it sounds as though other people involved are cooperating.”

Crews from Cache, Hyrum, Wellsville and Paradise are assisting crews from Weber County. A large tanker plane is pulling water from the reservoir.

"There's scooper planes dipping out of Pineview reservoir so water access to the public is restricted," Fox said. "Nothing has been closed around the reservoir. Structures are not threatened, but it is a concern for fire officials. That is why the evacuation is in place. The winds are expected to come from the southwest today which would push the fire toward the resort."

A nearby private campground owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints remains open. Fox said the Cinnamon Creek Campground and other recreation areas could be impacted by smoke as the fire is expected to burn through the Labor Day weekend.

"It's an inconvenient time. Because people like to use Pineview Reservoir, especially on this weekend. I am sure it would have been busy had it been opened," Fox said.