Crews battle wildfire in Provo Canyon

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PROVO, Utah, June 17, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The South Fork Fire near Vivian Park in Provo Canyon has burned 75 acres and is 25 percent contained.

A tweet from Utah Fire Info said crews achieved 25 percent containment Saturday evening after the fire started at approximately 5 p.m. They are on the scene Sunday working toward full containment.

“Two helicopters, three engines, two crews, and 70 personnel total,” are battling the fire, the tweet said, and South Fork Road is closed at this time.

The fire was sparked by an explosion near a home along South Fork Road in unincorporated Utah County, officials said Saturday. As of Saturday night, the blaze had burned approximately 50 acres.

A handful of homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution, according to a Saturday Facebook post from Utah Fire Info.

“A type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire some time Sunday, and one 20-person hotshot crew and one 20-person initial attack crew are en route,” the Facebook post said.

Earlier in the evening, the occupants of a nearby Girl Scout camp were asked to shelter in place, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office officials. About 200 staff and Girl Scouts were in the camp at the time, a tweet from Girl Scouts of Utah said, and once the roads were reopened, girls, leaders, staff and volunteers were escorted down Provo Canyon by fire officials.

“First priority is safety of girls, leaders, staff and volunteers, and our incredible team was prepared for an event like this,” the tweet said.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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