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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) A plane drops a load of retardant along a burring ridge as a wildfire burns in the mountains above Levan, Utah Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Evacuations lifted in central Utah fire
Wildfires » Evacuations lifted a few hours after homes were threatened by a fire that consumed “well over a thousand acres.”
First Published Jul 24 2014 09:49 am • Last Updated Jul 24 2014 11:07 pm

A fire near Levan forced people from their homes for a few hours Thursday in what was a busy Pioneer Day for firefighters.

But the day ended with no reports of injuries or damage to structures.

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What was called the Levan Fire began about 4 p.m. on the south edge of town along Highway 28. It forced people in eight homes to evacuate, and people up a canyon had to be evacuated by helicopter.

Helicopters and crews on the ground doused water on the fire and by 9 p.m. the residents were able to go home.

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands spokesman Jason Curry Further said the Levan Fire has burned "well over a thousand acres," but no official measurement had been taken as of late Thursday.

Firefighters will continue fighting the blaze Friday, but it appears homes are safe, Curry said.

"But it is a big fire," Curry said. "So it will be a long term event."

To the north, Unified Fire crews quickly doused a small lightning-caused fire near the Mountain View Corridor early Thursday morning. Though the fire was out by 6 a.m. Thursday, crews will remain on scene throughout the day working on hot spots, according to fire officials.

Crews are still working to contain the Tunnel Hollow Fire, a lightning-sparked Morgan County blaze that had spread to 1,400 acres by Wednesday evening. The blaze, in Weber Canyon, was 20 percent contained by Thursday morning.

In Tooele County, the 1,140-acre Anaconda Fire, burning in Pine Canyon, east of Tooele, was 70 percent contained Thursday morning, according to Forest Service spokeswoman Kim Osborn.

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The 1,850-acre Sheep Fire, near Lookout Pass on the Pony Express Trail and 11 miles south of Terra, was 40 percent contained by Thursday morning. The nearby Lion Peak Fire, in the Simpson Mountains, has burned 950 acres since it was sparked on Monday. The fire was zero percent contained as of Thursday morning. The Simpson Springs Recreational Area, including the campground, were closed Thursday as fire crews worked to contain the blaze.

No structures are being threatened by either fires, but officials said the Sheep Fire is threatening the Pony Express Trail and other archaeological sites nearby.

Bureau of Land Management crews have contained the Sunnyside Fire, in a remote area east of Price in Carbon County at 450 acres, and two crews had been released for new fires Wednesday evening. Fire engines will continue to mop up the brush fire Thursday.

In central Utah, crews were working to contain the Plateau Fire, which was sparked Tuesday. As of Wednesday, the fire had burned through about 40-50 acres, and was zero percent contained. The cause of the fire, which is burning about five miles east of Salina, was under investigation.

— Nate Carlisle contributed to this report.


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