Flatt Fire forces evacuations near Enterprise

The blaze, caused by lightning, was at 10,000 acres as of Friday night.

(Iron County Sheriff's Office) An image of the Flatt Fire, near Enterprise, that forced evacuations Friday, June 18, 2021.

People west of Enterprise were evacuated from their homes Friday because of the 10,000-acre Flatt Fire, which has grown rapidly since it started Friday afternoon.

The fire started around 1:20 p.m., according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. At least one structure was lost.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Kevin Abel said the fire was very active as it burned through sagebrush around 8 p.m. He said homes were threatened and people living in the northwest part of the community were evacuated.

Abel estimated about 100 firefighters were on scene, but said it was hard to be sure since so many local agencies are working together. He said the firefighters are working really hard to contain the blaze.

Information about how many people have been impacted by the evacuation was not immediately available.

Utah Fire Info said the fire was 10,000 acres on at 10:18 p.m. Friday.

The American Red Cross of Central and Southern Utah has opened an evacuation center at Enterprise High School at 565 S. 200 E St. in Enterprise. Spokeswoman Jennifer Sparks said Friday that people could get water and snacks at the center. She said after midnight that the center was closing for the night but would likely reopen on Saturday.

The Color Country Type 3 Incident Management Team, part of the Interagency Fire Center, has been ordered for the fire.

This story is developing and will be updated.