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Fire that threatened homes near Capitol Reef National Park 100% contained

The Carcass Creek Fire threatened homes near Capitol Reef National Park on Friday night.

The Carcass Creek Fire threatened homes near Capitol Reef National Park on Friday night. (Utah Wildfire )

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GROVER, Wayne County – A fire just outside of Capitol Reef National Park that threatened homes Friday afternoon before residents were able to return home is now 100% contained, fire officials say.

The Carcass Creek Fire started near Grover and prompted the evacuation of several homes around the Miner Mountain Road, officials said.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Friday night that it was notified about the fire at about 4:15 p.m. on Friday, and that fire was spreading and was driven by wind.

Firefighters arrived on scene, bringing a helicopter, and as with winds that began to die down, were able to manage the fire so that residents could return to their homes around 8 p.m., officials said.

"More resources arrive (Saturday) to help support local firefighters on the #CarcassCreekFire," Utah Wildfire tweeted. "Evacuations are lifted tonight, but sheriff's office advises residents to leave vehicles packed up and ready to go if needed."

The fire grew to 8.5 acres before being contained and was listed as human-caused. The fire is under investigation.

Wayne County Sheriff's Office said that Bicknell and Loa Fire Departments were called to help the Torrey and Teasdale Fire Departments get the fire under control.


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