The Silver King Fire continues to burn over 10,000 acres with 0% containment
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The Silver King Fire continues to burn over 10,000 acres with 0% containment

MARYSVALE, Piute County — A small town in south-central Utah breathed a sigh of relief after a raging wildfire that was closing in on them was contained Monday.

The Silver King fire, located just outside Marysvale about 30 miles south of Richfield, broke out over the weekend. The lightning-induced fire was about 600 acres on Friday but grew to 5,400 acres by Sunday morning; by the end of the day, it had burned more than 10,000 acres.

On Sunday, the wind really picked up and started rushing down the mountainside toward homes. One of those homes belongs to Jamey and Nicole Watson. They were in an evacuation zone and were certain their home would be destroyed.

“I thought we were going to lose. It was coming right at us,” Jamey Watson said.

However, they believe that a fire destroyed their mountain hut.

“It’s heartbreaking because I grew up here and the beauty of the mountain is gone. There are a lot of good memories there, but we’re just glad we’re safe,” Jamey Watson said.

“I honestly felt helpless,” Nicole Watson said as she watched the fire approach her home. “I got to the point where I thought, I don’t know who or what could stop this. This was a raging fire that was coming down here on the wind and I didn’t think we were going to be able to stop it.”

The Silver King Fire continues to burn over 10,000 acres with 0% containment

Smoke from the Silver King fire. (KSL TV)

The Watsons said firefighters spent the night outside their home to make sure the fire did not destroy their home.

“We watched all night. We slept on the deck here and just watched and prayed,” Nicole said. “I just feel blessed that the winds changed right on time.”

Jonathan Edwards, a local pastor who leads Eagles Nest Baptist Church, was preparing to evacuate.

“All of a sudden, immediately, 200-foot flames will erupt as soon as the tree explodes,” Edwards said. “The way the winds were yesterday, I think we would have had a tremendous amount of damage here if not for the federal intervention.”

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Kevin Abel, a spokesman for Utah Fire Info, said the extremely steep and rugged terrain makes fighting the fire much more difficult.

“Relative humidity below 20 degrees is a huge concern for us, and winds are gusting 25 miles per hour,” Abel said. “We could see the weather changing very quickly.”