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Levan wildfire burns 'well over 1,000' acres Thursday

By Morgan Jacobsen, Deseret News

Published: Thu, July 24 10:11 p.m. MDT

 A brush fire burning south of Levan, Juab County, caused the evacuation of eight homes on Thursday, July 24, 2014, and several people were evacuated from a nearby canyon via helicopter.

A brush fire burning south of Levan, Juab County, caused the evacuation of eight homes on Thursday, July 24, 2014, and several people were evacuated from a nearby canyon via helicopter.

(Mike Nunnelley)

LEVAN, Juab County — A brush fire burned more than 1,000 acres south of Levan and caused the temporary evacuation of eight homes Thursday.

The fire spread quickly toward homes in Levan, and firefighters began structure protection operations to keep it from reaching the homes, according to Jason Curry, spokesman for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

"We fight fire aggressively, and that's what they're out there doing," he said.

Evacuations were lifted about 9 p.m., and no other structures were threatened.

The fire was estimated at "well over 1,000 acres," Curry said.

Curry said firefighters' ability to contain the blaze was limited by hot and dry conditions coupled with steady winds. But about 50 firefighters and numerous resources, including heavy air tankers, helicopters and fire engines provided needed support.

Levan fire officials ordered a Type 2 incident response team late Thursday, which will bring in additional resources and personnel.

By Thursday evening, winds had died down and the fire's growth had slowed, though there were active flames that were expected to burn throughout the night, according to Curry.

The cause of the Levan Fire was unknown Thursday.

Three other fires ignited in Utah Thursday:

• The Black Fire consumed 75 acres in an area five miles northeast of Tooele. Several resources were on scene, but containment was unknown.

• The Y-Fire was torching in three trees in the north end of Rock Canyon in Utah County. The area was inaccessible for firefighters, and the fire was uncontained. The fire was being monitored after a helicopter performed water drops on the site.

• The South Fork Fire burned about 4 acres in an area south of Trefoil Ranch in Utah County. Crews expected the fire to be fully contained Saturday.

Firefighters also worked to contain larger fires that started earlier this month:

• The Anaconda Fire was about 95 percent contained after burning 1,140 acres about five miles northeast of Tooele.

• The plateau Fire ignited five miles east of Salina and burned about 188 acres. The fire was zero percent contained Thursday.

• The Simpson Complex contained two fires in southern Tooele County — the Sheep Fire and the Lion Peak Fire — which had collectively burned about 3,540 acres. The complex was 40 percent contained.

• The Tunnel Hollow Fire burned about 1,400 acres along the Weber River corridor in Morgan and Summit counties. The fire was 20 percent contained.

• The Blacktail Fire burned 20 acres in an area southeast of Taboina in Duchense County. A bulldozer had constructed a line around the perimeter of the fire, but the incident commander had not yet declared full containment.

• The Sunnyside Fire had burned 450 acres in Carbon County. Containment was unknown.

Contributing: Geoff Liesik

Email: mjacobsen@deseretnews.com

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