SPRINGVILLE — A fire that grew rapidly from about 20 acres to over 300 Saturday caused evacuations near the Diamond Campground in Spanish Fork Canyon.
The blaze was first reported about 2:10 p.m. and expanded up the canyon, aided by the wind, over the next several hours. Utah Fire Info said the fire was still about 300 acres at 9:30 p.m.
The fire forced hunters, hikers and others to evacuate the Monks Hollow area in Diamond Fork Canyon. Multiple agencies, including Utah County, Spanish Fork and Mapleton fire, assisted in fighting the fire.
#uwcnf#Diamondfire, hunters and recreationists are being evacuated from the Monks Hollow area in Diamond Fork Canyon. Fire still approx 300 acres, burning in grass and brush. Mapleton and Spanish Fork fire personnel also on scene.— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) October 26, 2019
KJ Pollock of the National Forest Service said the fire was burning grass and brush and slowed its progression later Saturday evening when the wind died down. She said the fire was not threatening any structures "whatsoever."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Pollock said. She said possible precipitation in the forecast may help firefighters with the blaze overnight and Sunday.
Part of the affected area was burned during the Pole Creek Fire in 2018.