When Bountiful dispatch supervisor Brenna Dearden looked out her window on the night of August 29, she could see the flames on the mountain east of the city.
Hundreds of 911 callers were reporting the fire racing toward homes.
“The scene was spreading before our eyes, so send everybody,” Dearden said. “We were in for a big, bad, long night.”
It was a long night and long few days for dispatchers and other first responders in Davis County as they extinguished the fire and helped three families cope with the complete loss of their homes to the Gun Range Fire.
The Bountiful City Council praised the dispatchers, as well as the Bountiful police officers and South Davis Metro Fire crews, at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
“Unfortunately, we had three houses lost, but we could have had hundreds lost, and I am so proud of our staff, and all of our firefighters,” said South Davis Metro Fire Chief Jeff Bassett.
Investigators believe the Gun Range Fire was started by an unattended campfire. Prosecutors are currently reviewing charges against two people who may have started the fire.