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Fire crews work to extinguish blaze in Provo Canyon

Sep 19, 2022, 10:00 PM | Updated: 10:01 pm
(Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF/Twitter)...
(Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF/Twitter)
(Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF/Twitter)

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Multiple agencies are responding to a new wildfire that broke out Monday afternoon in Provo Canyon.

State fire officials estimate the South Fork Fire — located in Provo Canyon, south of Vivian Park — has burned 23 acres, as of approximately 9:30 p.m.

According to a Monday evening tweet from Utah Fire Info, the blaze is on U.S. Forest Service land and is not threatening any structures.

Fire Chief Dave Marfella with the North Fork Fire District said two helicopters and two small air tankers were out attacking the fire Monday until it got dark and they were pulled off.

He said crews will reengage the fire Tuesday morning, adding that they will continue to use aircraft to fight the flames.

“We believe it was caused by lightning from a few days ago and held over,” Marfella said.

Units from North Fork Fire District, the state of Utah, and the U.S. Forest Service are responding.

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