All Evacuations Lifted As Crews Continue To Fight Pleasant Grove Fire
Sep 13, 2020, 6:00 PM | Updated: Nov 29, 2022, 11:16 pm
(Photo: Pleasant Grove Police Department)
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — All evacuation orders have been lifted as crews continue to fight the Battle Creek 2 Fire, located at the mouth of Pleasant Grove Canyon.
Officials estimated the fire burned about 200 acres overnight.
Battle Creek Canyon was evacuated after the blaze broke out late Saturday night. About 34 homes were evacuated along 1400 East near the foothills in Pleasant Grove.
Fire officials said it likely could have been prevented.
“Wow, it’s soo close,” said Utah County resident, Jill Taylor.
It was a long night for Jill Taylor, watching as the mountainside lit up for the second time in about a month.
“Our daughter is very close to here,” she said. “She and her family — husband and children — live in Pleasant Grove, and we were worried about how this might be affecting them because they are out of town.”
Evacuations lifted Sunday morning as fire crews set up a perimeter around the fire with an aggressive aerial attack.
“It’s so amazing the work that is being done — all the planes, the helicopters — and we were told there is a whole group of firefighters below the ‘G’,” she said.
Authorities said the fire was likely human caused.
“There’s a lot of ways you can start a fire,” said Toby Weed with the Forest Service. “You just have to be super careful right now.”
Firefighters said the flames are still spreading. They’re asking the public to avoid the mouth of the canyon and the trailheads as their efforts continue.
“The danger that they are willing to meet head on to take care of all of us, we really appreciate them,” said Taylor.
All roads east of 1300 East, between 200 South and Grove Creek Drive have been closed to traffic.
At least 30 firefighters are actively working on the ground.