Wanship residents temporarily evacuated as crews battle new wildfire in Summit County

Fire photos (L-R): Park City Fire District/Facebook; UDOT camera

WANSHIP, Utah, July 17, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Some Wanship residents were temporarily evacuated from their homes Sunday afternoon as firefighters worked to contain a wildfire burning in Summit County.

The Wanship Fire started as a structure fire and quickly grew to a 40-acre wildfire, state wildfire officials said in a 5:43 p.m. tweet.  The fire was 40% contained as of 9:30 p.m., according to a tweet from Summit County.

“Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the night to continue work on hot spots and the perimeter,” county officials said.

State wildfire officials said between six and 10 structures were threatened by the fire.

Summit County tweeted a mandatory evacuation order “for the immediate vicinity of 30042 Old Lincoln Highway” at 6:50 p.m. A temporary shelter was opened at the Wanship LDS Church at 30899 Old Lincoln Highway.

Summit County announced that the evacuation order had been lifted in a follow-up tweet at 9:11 p.m.

Image: Google Maps

The fire temporarily delayed traffic on Interstate 80 in the area, according to a Utah Department of Transportation traffic alert.

Wanship is about 35 miles east northeast of Salt Lake City and 16 miles northeast of Park City. It has a population of 481, according to a 2020 Census report.


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