Wind-driven fire forces evacuations of dozens of homes in foothills above Centerville

Wind-swept flames prompt the evacuations of dozens of homes in the foothills east of Centerville in the early morning hours of Monday, July 4, 2022. Photo: Centerville Police Department/Facebook

CENTERVILLE, Utah, July 4, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Wind-whipped flames forced the evacuation of at least 89 homes in the foothills above Centerville early Monday morning.

The evacuations were lifted at 5:59 a.m.

Firefighters were first dispatched to the Deuel Creek Fire burning in the foothills east of the city at 11:08 Sunday night.

According to a tweet issued by Utah Fire Info at 1:52 a.m., 10 homes were initially evacuated.

A second tweet, posted just at 1 :14 a.m. said “89 homes now evacuated and more possible.”

The fire was estimated to have burned “20 to 50 acres spreading uphill and driven by southwest winds.

“Fire departments from throughout Davis County on scene,” the tweet said.

Wind-swept flames prompt the evacuations of dozens of homes in the foothills east of Centerville in the early morning hours of Monday, July 4, 2022. Photo: Centerville Police Department/Facebook

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information is released.

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