Wildfire Threatens Homes in Duchesne County

Wildfire Threatens Homes in Duchesne County

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(AP/KSL News) 100 residents of White Rocks in Duchesne County have been under a one-hour evacuation order tonight as a 600-acre wildfire burns near their homes. The evacuation has since been cancelled but could be reinstated at any time.

Uinta Basin Interagency Fire Center director Cheryl Nelsen says the fire was reported just after noon today near Neola. Winds initially pushed it due east, but later shifted south, moving the fire toward the cluster of homes that make up Neola and White Rocks.

Fire officials have closed state route 121 at this hour.

Fire crews are working to protect structures in the two towns, with air support from one helicopter and three air tankers. One partially built home was destroyed by the fire. No injuried have been reported.

Nelsen says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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