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Some residents ordered to evacuate due to Emigration Canyon fire

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Updated - Jul 22nd, 2019 @ 10:41pm | Posted - Jul 22nd, 2019 @ 7:48pm


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EMIGRATION CANYON — Fire officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for some residents in Emigration Canyon as a wildfire burns nearby.

The fire started Monday afternoon and was burning near the top of Emigration Canyon, according to fire officials. Those living in the canyon were asked to be ready to evacuate, and that order was given about 9:30 p.m.

Unified Fire Authority officials said the area under mandatory evacuation is from the junction of Emigration Canyon Road and Pinecrest Canyon Road to the junction of Pinecrest Canyon Road and North Killyons Lane.

Officials said the evacuations were ordered as a precaution and about 40 firefighters will work overnight on the fire. Flames aren't bearing down on homes yet, but that could change if winds shift, officials said.

The likelihood of the fire making a substantial run toward homes is very low, according to fire officials.

Helicopter and UFA engines were on scene, according to a tweet from Utah Wildfire Info, and air tankers were also called in to assist.

According to Utah Wildfire Info, the fire was estimated to be 5-10 acres and spreading uphill.

Other details, such as a cause of the flames, was not immediately available. This story will be updated.

Contributing: Mehul Asher, KSL

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