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Fire Evacuation Orders Lifted in Central Utah

Fire Evacuation Orders Lifted in Central Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Evacuation orders for several small central Utah communities were lifted Thursday as firefighters worked to gain control of a wildfire near Nephi that's burned more than 23,644 acres, or about 37 square miles.

Residents of Holiday Oaks, Oaker Hills, Indian Ridge Elk Ridge and Mount Baldy Estates were allowed to return to their property.

Fire officials say the fire, which started July 19, is 35 percent contained. The cause remains under investigation.

The Sanpete County Sheriffs' Office said no buildings in those communities were damaged during the fire.

In northwestern Utah's Box Elder County and nearby parts of Nevada and Idaho, heavy rain and lingering cloud cover have helped fire crews contain 65 percent of the Winecup fire that has burned more than 162,000 acres, or 253 square miles. The lightning-strike fire started July 20.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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