Brush Fire On East Cherry Street Likely Caused By Juveniles

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Fire crews quickly controlled a small brush fire on East Cherry Street Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters from the Payson and Diamond Star fire departments responded to the fire, which was between huge boulders at the end of East Cherry.

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Firefighters from Payson and Star Valley were on the scene of a small brush fire at the end of East Cherry Street Thursday. The joint effort and location kept the fire from doing any serious damage.

No structures were damaged and there were no evacuations.

Firefighters closed the roadway between East Cherry Street and East Frontier Street for about an hour.

The fire, which started just before 4:30 p.m., was likely caused by juveniles, said Payson Battalion Chief Guy Austin. He said the Payson Police Department will investigate the fire and make the final decision on its cause.

Austin said the fire was extinguished "shortly after we deployed our resources."

The resources on scene were two fire engines from the Payson Fire Department, one engine from Diamond Star and a brush truck from Payson.

Austin said he would not call any fire minor because of the weather conditions, which could have resulted in the fire spreading.

He said the location of the fire, which was on top of a small hill between boulders, was a help in its containment, especially the boulders, which prevented it from spreading.

"It was open flame when we got here," Austin said.

To get to the fire from the east side, firefighters had to cut away some of the trees and brush with a chain saw and ax, which, Austin said, was routine for brush fires.

"This is fairly simple," the battalion chief said.

Austin said firefighters were just "mopping" up, using foam, to ensure the fire was completely out.

"What they are looking for are smoldering (places) and hidden hot spots," he said. "We will not leave the scene until the fire is completely out."

At about 5 p.m., Austin said the Payson Fire Department would probably be at the location for another 30 to 40 minutes.

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