Herriman Fire: Residents Received Twitter Updates

While the raging Utah wildfire made its way towards the small community of Herriman near Salt Lake City on Sunday, its residents were receiving constant, up-to-the-second updates on the situation via the popular micro-blogging website Twitter.

As reported by Vince Horiuchi at sltrib.com, Herriman’s public information officer, Nicole Martin, said that they tweeted over 120 times during the incident. “We tried to cover anything that was new or breaking,” she said, which included evacuations and school closures.

The number of followers at the @bereadyherriman Twitter account – which was set up last year – jumped up considerably because of the fire. In fact, the number of followers started out at around 100 before the fire occurred, but that number soon became 1,417.

Director of research for the Utah League of Cities and Towns, Neil Abercrombie, said that there are only about 20 towns in the state that have their own Twitter accounts. Most of them he said have been used just to update on public meetings.