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Evacuation Order False Alarm In Santaquin Brush Fire

Sep 13, 2020, 3:49 PM | Updated: Nov 29, 2022, 11:17 pm

SANTAQUIN, Utah — Several crews responded to a brush fire that started near the Summit Ridge area, just southwest of Santaquin. An evacuation was initially ordered, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

It was officially named the Goshen Fire Sunday afternoon. As of 10 p.m., it was estimated at 150 acres with 90% containment.

Officials said structures were being threatened, but no evacuations were ordered.

It was a close call for one neighborhood though as they were on high alert for a possible evacuation.

At one point, there was information from state fire officials that homes were being evacuated, but that turned out to be a false alarm. But some residents were ready just in case.

“You could see flames coming up over the hill that were really big,” said Santaquin resident Jay Allred. “When my wife first saw it, she was like, ‘I don’t know if we should be looking at the fire or be getting our stuff packed.'”

A huge plume of black smoke could be seen for miles around, with a great view from I-15.

Some residents were afraid they would have to evacuate.

“I was pretty nervous because I’ve already been through that, I know what it’s like,” said Hayden Nuttall, a resident of Santaquin. “I know how scary it is to have to evacuate and get out of there as fast as you can and take limited amount of things with you, so it’s pretty scary.”

The fire grew to more than a hundred acres in a short amount of time.

Tweets went out saying the Summit Ridge neighborhood was being evacuated, but that turned out to be not true.

“A lot of times, smoke plumes tend to cause people more fear than is necessary, especially where it looks so close to you,” said Sierra Hellstrom, spokesperson for Goshen Fire. “It was just I think out of caution that some people were concerned and thought they were evacuating and some miscommunication with dispatch.”

Crews from Santaquin, Rocky Ridge, Payson, Goshen, and Genola fire departments responded to the blaze, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

They were able to get to the Goshen Fire quickly because they were fighting another fire just a few miles away.

Residents said they were extremely grateful.

“They’ve had their work cut out, especially this summer, and they’ve done a great job — so we were nervous, but we weren’t worried about anything burning down,” said Santaquin resident Darin Call.

The cause was being investigated.

LIVE: A brush fire has started near the Summit Ridge area, just southwest of Santaquin. Officials said structures are being threatened and evacuations have been ordered in the Summit Springs Subdivision.

Posted by KSL 5 TV on Sunday, September 13, 2020

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Evacuation Order False Alarm In Santaquin Brush Fire