Tree fire in Davis County expected to be extinguished today

Sep 3 2012 - 11:03pm

FARMINGTON -- A tree on fire in the mountains after a lightning strike apparently has burned for two days, and was allowed to burn through the night, with fire crews expecting to extinguish it early today.

The fire was called in to Davis County Sheriff's Office late Monday by ATVers and campers in the Farmington Flats area, Sheriff's Deputy Scott Harper said. The small fire consists of a single tree burning about 50 feet off the ground.

Because of Monday night's low temperatures and high humidity, and the fact the fire was not posing a threat to human life or structures, officials decided to respond to it this morning in the daylight, rather than bring a helicopter into the area late Monday.

There were unconfirmed reports that sheepherders with sheep in the area indicated the tree had been burning for two days and they had been attempting to put it out, Harper said. The sheepherders have since removed their sheep from the area.

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