Massive Smoke Plume from Tank Fires in Bluebell

A massive plume of smoke in Bluebell could be seen for miles and miles on Tuesday. According to the the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, the smoke came from a large fire burning at an RNI facility on Bluebell Highway northwest of Roosevelt. Originally it was reported that three storage tanks were burning; two of condensate and one of crude oil. By 10pm on Tuesday, it was reported that seven storage tanks were damaged from the fire. No injuries were reported, according to Sheriff David Boren, but the facility was evacuated and access roads to the area were closed. Firefighters from multiple departments responded to the fire and by late Tuesday evening Roosevelt Fire Chief Lee Rockwood shared that while there were no longer flames visible, smoke still rose from the tanks. Duchesne County Fire and Emergency Management Director Mike Lefler is beginning his investigation of the fire on Wednesday. Firefighters also had to handle a small brush fire on Tuesday that was started when a power line came down during the larger fire, according to Rockwood. The brush fire was quickly extinguished once the downed line was de-energized by Moon Lake Electric.

Photo Credit: Thomas Winterton

Photo Credit: Thomas Winterton


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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.