A fire in Gusher has left a family without a home and all their possessions. According to the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center, the South Gusher Fire was called in
at 2:49pm
. Responding agencies included Lapoint, Roosevelt, and Avalon with resources also coming from the State of Utah, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Bureau of Land Management. Uintah County Fire Marshal Jeremy Raymond reports that crews arrived on scene to find multiple trailers, vehicles, ATVs, equipment, and a home on fire. The home was partially engulfed and crews extinguished the fire but heat and smoke damage throughout the entire house means it is considered a total loss. “Crews had the fire all contained within an hour and we will monitor it overnight,” shares Raymond. “The damage is estimated at half a million dollars because the losses included multiple ATVs, trailers, a storage containment box, and miscellaneous farming and construction equipment in addition to the home.” Thankfully there were no injuries and the cause is under investigation. This tragic loss is a reminder to all of the need to be extra cautious. “Temperatures are warming up and vegetation is drying out,” explains Raymond. “Be careful outdoors while working, playing, and camping. Make sure you are being vigilant in fire safety.”
On Tuesday evening
, a GoFundMe page was created by a family member sharing that the home and possessions lost were those of David and Raschelle Richens. All that feel so moved are invited to join in making a donation to help the Richens as they try to rebuild. The GoFundMe page is titled ‘Richens Fire’.


public.jpeg Photo credIt: Lynnette Murray Hunting

Photo credIt: Lynnette Murray Hunting