SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah, June 29, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Knolls Fire near Saratoga Springs, which broke out Sunday afternoon on the east side of Lake Mountain, is 25% contained, with approximately 10,000 acres burned as of Monday morning.
Utah Fire Info tweeted at 1 p.m.: “ALL evacuation orders have now been lifted for the Knolls Fire. Residents may safely return to their homes. Redwood Road is still closed from Harbour Park Way south.”
An update at 8 a.m. from Saratoga Springs City said 12 homes have been damaged, one home, which is outside city limits, has been lost, one shed has been lost, there is damage to nine properties and 18 fences have been lost.
Dozens of engines from multiple agencies responded to the fire, including Unified Fire Authority, Utah County, and Saratoga Springs.
The gusting wind has been driving and feeding the fire with oxygen since it first sparked.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.
The city tweeted the following explanation of each area:
- RED = Evacuation still in place and may NOT return. Those in RED should not try to return home for any reason. Roads are closed to these areas. Shelter available at Westlake High School. (South of Village Parkway, west of Redwood Road, and ALL homes south of Harbor Parkway.)
- YELLOW = Warning still in place and may return, dependent on status of the fire. (North of Village Parkway, west of Redwood Road)
- Unmarked areas may also returned to homes if the roads were closed to those areas earlier.
- Redwood Road south is open only to allow those residents who can return home to do so.
Although Utah Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted earlier that a lightning strike started the fire, officials are saying the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.