Strong winds wreak havoc in Utah County


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PLEASANT GROVE — High winds caused damage and chaos in Utah County on Monday, including a fire that sparked in Pleasant Grove.

Those winds caused a power line to come down near 1100 N. Murdock Drive, police said. A subsequent fire burned nearly an acre and came very close to several homes.

Jake and Katie Cleverley's home backs up to the Murdock Canal Trail where the fire started.

"I was sitting at my desk," Jake Cleverley told KSL-TV, "And our daughter yelled, there's a fire in the backyard."

The Cleverleys rushed outside and grabbed a hose to try and keep the flames from spreading. They also rushed to save their chickens from their backyard coop.

Jake Cleverley said he "was just running around frantically" with the garden hose "trying to get the flames where they were blowing into the backyard."

He added, "I don't think we would have had another minute if we hesitated."

Ultimately, the fire was extinguished without damaging any homes. But Katie Cleverley said it was a terrifying situation.

"It was just super scary to see the flames touching that treetop, like right up there," she said.

Jack and Katie Cleverley talking with KSL-TV about the fire that sparked near their property in the high winds on Monday in Utah County.
Jack and Katie Cleverley talking with KSL-TV about the fire that sparked near their property in the high winds on Monday in Utah County. (Photo: Winston Armani, KSL-TV)

The wind wreaked havoc in other places across Utah County. A large tree fell in a neighborhood in Orem.

A KSL-TV photographer also captured downed limbs in American Fork and Highland.

"There's random stuff in my backyard," said Jessica Peterson, who lives near Heritage Park in Highland, "and we found a lot of our stuff at the park down the street."

There were also reports of patio furniture sent flying, power lines left dangling over roads, and some people left without power.

Pleasant Grove is celebrating Strawberry Days right now. The city was supposed to have a children's parade Monday evening, but it was canceled due to the high winds.

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Daniel Woodruff
Daniel Woodruff is a reporter/anchor with deep experience covering Utah news. He is a native of Provo and a graduate of Brigham Young University. Daniel has also worked as a journalist in Indiana and Wisconsin.

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