Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Missing Utah Family Found Safe Near Wildfire

A Utah family of five that had been missing in a remote canyon where a wildfire was burning was found alive and well, reports the Associated Press.

Authorities found the family at 11:30 a.m. at the bottom of Perry Canyon, about 55 miles north of Salt Lake City.

The discovery provided a happy ending to a story that looked like it might turn grim.

On Tuesday night, relatives called the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office to inform them that the family didn’t meet them at a trailhead as planned. The family had been dropped off on Monday with the plan of hiking in and camping overnight and then hiking back out.

A search was launched Tuesday night with dogs and a helicopter while firefighters fought a small wildfire in the same area.

Authorities feared the family may be in the path of the wildfire, which was being battled by a crew of 20 firefighters.

But it turns out the family was found a safe distance away from the wildfire, authorities said Wednesday.

It’s not yet clear why the family got stranded and didn’t make the hike out.

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