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Range Fire In Utah County Doubles In Size; Provo Canyon Remains Closed

Oct 18, 2020, 3:31 PM | Updated: 9:24 pm
Mandatory evacuations were lifted as crews continued suppression efforts on the Range Fire in Utah ...
Mandatory evacuations were lifted as crews continued suppression efforts on the Range Fire in Utah County. (Utah Fire Info)
(Utah Fire Info)

OREM, Utah — Crews continue suppression efforts on the Range Fire in Utah County. The blaze held steady with moderate fire activity overnight, but officials said the fire grew to 3,000 acres.

Mandatory evacuations were lifted Sunday morning.

Officials with the Orem City Police Department said all those who were evacuated east of 1360 E and north of 1060 N could safely return to their homes.

Air and ground resources from several Utah departments continue to fight the blaze.

Officials said the blaze is moving north.

Provo Canyon, including all the parks and trails, remains closed.

Officials said they don’t know when the canyon will reopen, but for now, they’ve asked the public to stay out of the area.

The Utah Department of Transportation said to use Interstate 80 and US Highway 40 as alternate routes.

Officials said air quality in Provo will be poor for the next 24-48 hours, so residents were advised to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed, and avoid any strenuous activity outside.

Around 9 p.m., Orem City officials said the fire was at 3,115 acres and 10% containment.

The Range Fire broke out Saturday afternoon near the gun range north of the canyon, close to 1000 East and Cascade Drive in Orem. Crews from the Orem Fire Department and Pleasant Grove Fire Department responded to what was then reported as a 15-acre fire.

By mid-afternoon, the fire had grown to 250 acres, and reached 1,500 acres by 7 p.m.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Range Fire In Utah County Doubles In Size; Provo Canyon Remains Closed