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SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of residents remained evacuated Wednesday as the Dollar Ridge Fire continued to burn out of control.

The Dollar Ridge Fire reached 42,000 acres and was 4 percent contained, as of Wednesday night. For perspective, last summer's Brian Head Fire burned 71,673 acres total.

An estimated 30 homes have been lost in the Dollar Ridge fire, but firefighters continued to fight the blaze Wednesday. The fire also closed a 42-mile stretch of U.S. 40.

The Maine Fire evacuations were lifted late Tuesday evening in the Dry Fork Canyon area after crews were able to stop the fire from jumping 2500 West. The area of 2500 West near 3400 North was still closed as of Wednesday morning as fire crews continued to work on extinguishing hot spots.

Gov. Herbert ordered on Tuesday no fireworks on "on federal, state or unincorporated land" due to extreme fire danger. He signed a state of emergency on Sunday "due to the threat of public safety, property, critical infrastructure, natural resources and the environment," from the effects of wildfires, drought conditions and possible future flash flooding, "effective for the month of July 2018."

This story will be updated throughout the day.

Editor's note: Fire officials corrected the number of acres burned by the Dollar Ridge Fire from more than 40,000 to 35,000 acres.

Wednesday, 10:22pm

Small grass fires, other fires spark Wednesday night

Wednesday, 09:56pm

Dollar Ridge Fire surpasses 40K acres; 4 percent contained

Wednesday, 08:17pm

Dollar Ridge Fire crosses U.S. 40 near Currant Creek (Duchesne County)

Wednesday, 07:38pm

U.S. 40 closed due to Dollar Ridge Fire

Wednesday, 07:17pm

Evanston, Wyoming, officials cancel their fireworks after grass fire breaks out

Wednesday, 06:13pm

Dollar Ridge Fire (south of Fruitland, Duchesne County) close to U.S. 40

Wednesday, 06:08pm

Trail Mountain Fire (near Huntington, Emery County) remains 85 percent contained

Wednesday, 05:05pm

Evacuations reportedly underway after grass fire breaks out in Evanston, Wyoming

Wednesday, 03:27pm

Mandatory evacuations ordered for 4 locations

Wednesday, 02:01pm

Final update on Black Mountain Fire: 98 percent contained

Wednesday, 12:13pm

Dollar Ridge Fire evacuation areas closed again

Wednesday, 11:23am

Dollar Ridge Fire only 35,000 acres; expected to intensify during afternoon

Wednesday, 11:14am

Update on Willow Patch Fire, 9 miles east of Richmond

Wednesday, 09:09am

Update on West Valley Fire (near New Harmony, Washington County)

Wednesday, 08:35am

Some Dollar Ridge Fire evacuees can check property until 1 p.m. for 'essential items only'

Wednesday, 08:31am

Willow Patch Fire 60 percent contained

Wednesday, 08:41am

Dollar Ridge Fire over 40,000 acres

Wednesday, 08:34am

Maine Fire evacuations lifted


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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.
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