Rockport Estates fire

Breaking News
5:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Fire Returns To Rockport Area

The Rockport area in eastern Summit County is hit by fire for a second summer in a row.
Credit Lynn Ware Peek.

Information compiled from on-air reports.

UPDATE 10:30 PM

The Rockport Estates evacuation order has been lifted. Residents can now safely return to their homes.

 As of 8:00 p.m. tonight, the Rockport Estates fire has burned over 120 acres and is 45 percent contained. 

UPDATE 6:30 PM

The structure where the fire is believed to have started has been updated as a yurt, not a single family house.

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Rockport Estate Fire
2:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Rockport Reservoir Saves The Day

Helicopters scooped water from the nearby Rockport Reservoir to help contain the Rockport Fire.
Credit PCFD/Paul Hewitt

If there's a wildfire, the best possible scenario would be to have a lake full of water a mile away - with free dipping privileges. As KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports - that's been the case with the Rockport Fire.

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First Responders Recognized
2:38 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Park City Elks Club Awards First Responders

PCFD Chief Paul Hewitt, left, with Zane Thompson, recognized for exemplary work within the fire department.
Credit PCSD/Paul Hewitt

The Park City Elks Club handed out awards to local First Responders at its annual barbecue Saturday afternoon. The plaques were handed out even while firefighters and police were keeping an eye on the embers of the Rockport 5 fire. Rick Brough has more. 

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Rockport Estate Fire
2:27 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Fire Aftermath

Credit PCFD/Paul Hewitt

The Rockport Fire was reported at 90% containment Monday morning. But even last week, at the height of the blaze, Summit County officials said they needed to think about the aftermath. Rick Brough has more.

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Rockport Estate Fire
3:36 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Still Not Safe For Residents to Return Home in Rockport

Hot spots still smoulder Friday in the Rockport Estates and Rockport Ranches area.
Credit Larry Warren

Leaking propane tanks in the Rockport Ranches and Rockport Estates subdivisions may mean that even though an evacuation order is lifted sometime soon, it could be a while before residents are actually allowed to live in their homes. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports.

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Rockport Estate Fire
6:34 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Prelude To A Fire Started Days Before

Small fires may have been a prelude to the Rockport fire (shown burning Wednesday).
Credit PCFD/Paul Hewitt

The blazed that started Tuesday in the Rockport Estates area is the worst fire that Summit County has seen in years. But Local Emergency personnel might understandably think that the opening act started this weekend.

In the prior days, the County's Fire Warden and firefighters have been busy responding to a rash of small fires in eastern Summit County - mostly lightning caused. Rick Brough has more.

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Rockport Estate Fire
6:07 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Evacuation Holdout Asks For Escort To Safety

A Bridge Hollow resident who has refused to evacuate since the Rockport fire started Tuesday apparently had had enough and asked for a police escort down the hill today. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Rockport Estate Fire
1:13 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Some Homes Get Their Own Private Firefighters

Members of the Park City Fire Department (shown) get assistance by private firefighters hired by the Elkhorn Insurance company.
Credit PCFD/Paul Hewitt

An insurance company has hired a private firefighting crew to stand by at the top of the Promontory Ranch Club to protect the high-end homes. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Rockport Estate Fire
11:51 am
Thu August 15, 2013

14 Homes, 2,000 Acres, 1 Arrest As Day Three Starts

The air support over Rockport Estates continued on Day Two and Three.
Credit Charlie Lansche Images

Today begins day three of the Rockport Fire, and crews worked again throughout the night to defend homes and control the perimeter of the fire.

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Rockport Estate Fire
11:41 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Frustrated Resident Arrested After Running Barricade Second Time

The Promontory neighborhood looks clearer on Thursday morning, but evacuation orders are still in effect until at least 6PM Thursday.
Credit Rod Riley

A resident in the area ravaged by the Rockport 5 fire was arrested Wednesday for running through the evacuation barricade set up by Summit County Sheriff deputies.

Due to the fire near Wanship, portions of Promontory Ranch, Rockport Estates and Bridge Hollow have been evacuated and closed.

A press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office says that 74-year-old Robert Wiener was arrested after his second attempt to run the barricade.

Wiener first violated the closure Tuesday  night, and he was warned he would be arrested if he tried it again.

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