Alpine • After a temporary, early morning evacuation for a wildfire likely started by gunfire, Alpine residents were allowed Sunday afternoon to return to their homes.
Officials had issued a precautionary evacuation of 25 homes at 3 a.m. Sunday after the human-caused Water Tower Fire grew overnight. About 3:45 p.m., officials cleared residents to return to their homes, which luckily had remained out of the fire's path. No buildings had been damaged, according to Shayne Ward, spokesman for Utah's Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.
The blaze stood at 505 acres at one point but as of 8 p.m. Sunday, it was 397 acres and 25 percent contained.