Unified Fire Authority officials say the fire started in the Rose Canyon area near 15167 South Step Mountain Road (7635 West).
Four structures, including 3 homes and one barn/garage were consumed by the flames, despite fire crews' efforts to save them.
The incident was classified as a 10-alarm fire, according to the UFA.
Approximately 115 evacuees were gathered at the Red Cross reception center Herriman High School on 11917 South Mustang Trail Way (6000 West). Small animals were allowed at the shelter.
By 9:30 p.m., the reception center transitioned into an evacuation center, as some residents were expected to stay the night.
Herriman City officials announced that the evacuation order would stay in place overnight, due to shifting winds and the need to keep road clear so crews could access the area.
Residents with horses were asked to bring their animals to the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center at 2100 West 11400 South, barn 7.
Many watched helplessly as the fire spread, burning everything in its path.
The Rosecrest Fire is one of the latest in a string of Utah fires that have left a path of devastation from Washington County all the way to northern Duschesne County. As of Friday evening, 8 major wildfires were burning across the state.
Several hundred firefighters and volunteers have been working around the clock for more than 8 days all over Utah, battling hot, dry conditions and unrelenting winds.
With no precipitation in the immediate weather forecast, Utah's early-arriving fire season might seem endless to those affected by the flames.
A spokesman for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement:
“As requested by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, the Church is pleased to come together in prayer with other Utahns during this difficult time. We are mindful of those in Utah and neighboring states who have been impacted by wildfires. We encourage individuals, families and congregations to pray for the safety of firefighters, protection of lives and homes and favorable weather conditions to help control the many wildfires currently burning.”
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