LOCAL NEWS

Range Fire Forces Evacuations Of Homes In, Near Provo Canyon

Oct 17, 2020, 12:52 PM | Updated: 10:24 pm

OREM, Utah – Firefighters responded to a brush fire in the area of 1000 East and Cascade Drive in Orem, and Summit County crews responded to a fire near Henefer.

Range Fire

The Range Fire flared up around noon Saturday near the gun range north of Provo Canyon.

It was initially estimated at 15 acres and growing.

State fire officials said the fire’s cause is under investigation.

Crews with the Pleasant Grove Fire Department asked the public to avoid the area and keep drones grounded.

Ground and air resources from multiple departments have responded to the scene.

Chief Shaun Hirst with the Orem City Fire Department said a number of homes near the mouth of Provo Canyon were evacuated as well as several homes within the canyon. He said the homes within Provo Canyon, the Homestead neighborhood, and the area near the Cascade Golf Course in Orem were under direct threat.

Evacuations were also ordered for Squaw Peak Road, south of Provo Canyon.

U.S. Highway 189 was closed due to smoke. Officials said traffic was being rerouted through SR-92.

The blaze reportedly grew to 1,500 acres around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters said they’re focusing on establishing containment lines.

“It kept getting worse, and then they’d drop, and then it would get better, and then it’d get worse!” said Diane Landgrave, who was ordered to evacuate.

Diane, and her son Michael, spent all afternoon watching as the flames grew dangerously close to their home.

“We got a call about two hours ago for an evacuation,” said Diane. “A police officer came to our door.”

Crews said they hope the winds don’t change direction overnight.

“Unless it gets really bad, we’ve packed a bunch of stuff in our other daughter’s truck,” said Diane.

The flames quickly spread, burning through grass and oak brush.

“This is October. We typically are not fighting this kind of fire in October. Our fuel moistures are way low for this time of year,” said Hirst.

The strategy going into Saturday night includes burn out operations, using air and ground support with about 120 firefighters.

“Traditionally, there is a breeze that comes out of that canyon every night, that is why we are evacuating those homes and developing a group of structure protection engines in the event that does occur,” said Hirst.

As for the Landgraves, they’re staying optimistic.

“I said Karma, if this comes and burns all down, I’m heading to Florida and I’m going to sit on the ocean on the sand,” said Diane.

An evacuation center has been set up through the American Red Cross of Utah at Foothill Elementary, located at 921 Explorer Way in Orem.

LIVE: Officials with the Orem City Fire Department provide updates on the Range Fire.

Posted by KSL 5 TV on Saturday, October 17, 2020

Summit County Fire

Crews from the Park City Fire Department and North Summit Fire Service District responded to a fire on the east side of Henefer in Summit County.

The Fire Canyon Fire was initially estimated at 60 to 80 acres, but later grew to 1,600 acres.

Officials said the human-caused fire was not threatening any structures.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(Garland Fire Department)...
Madison Swenson

Driver escapes car after rolling down 100 feet

A driver was able to get out by themselves after their vehicle rolled 100 feet down into an embankment in Box Elder County.
11 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Josh Ellis

Large police presence blocking roads in Orem neighborhood

Several police vehicles were seen blocking roads near 400 South and 700 East in an apparent SWAT situation.
11 hours ago
(Mark Wetzel/KSL TV)...
AIMEE COBABE, KSL Newsradio AND ALEX CABRERO, KSL TV

Researchers using dirty diapers to develop new autism test

A group of researchers at Brigham Young University is looking for ways to detect autism in children earlier. And they’re using dirty diapers to do it. 
11 hours ago
...
Tamara Vaifanua

Utah woman helping create diversity, inclusion in tech industry

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a Utah woman is creating a space for more diversity in the tech industry.
11 hours ago
...
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt: What can you if you pay someone to do work but they disappear with your money?

Imagine paying a deposit only to have them take your money and ghost you.
1 day ago
...
Debbie Worthen

Father outraged over ‘lack of security’ at high school

A father in Granite School District is outraged over what he calls a “lack of security” at Olympus High School.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Range Fire Forces Evacuations Of Homes In, Near Provo Canyon