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Wildfire Near Provo Forces Evacuations

Wildfire Near Provo Forces Evacuations

Posted - Aug. 16, 2003 at 11:01 a.m.



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A wildfire driven by gusty, erratic winds and thunderstorms forced the evacuation of 60 homes Friday and was burning out of control on the mountainside above Brigham Young University.

The Rock Canyon fire near The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in Provo has burned at least 100 acres since it started Friday afternoon.

Fire information officer Loyal Clark said there was no estimated time of containment.

Erratic winds accompanying thunderstorms from the north sped the fire north, south and west through steep terrain, Clark said.

Fire crews were pulled off the mountain because of the dangers posed by the winds, and aerial firefighting crews were not allowed to fly, she said.

Firefighters concentrated on protecting the homes.

The Red Cross was setting up a shelter at a nearby church for people who didn't feel safe returning to their homes.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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