Evacuations from Orem wildfire expected to be lifted this morning, officials say

A man looks at the fire that broke out at the base of Mount Timpanogos in Orem on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

A man looks at the fire that broke out at the base of Mount Timpanogos in Orem on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. | Yukai Peng, Deseret News

OREM — Residents evacuated overnight due to a wildfire at the base of Mount Timpanogos were expected to be able to return to their homes Sunday.

Overnight, crews kept the blaze at bay, and it remained just under 1,500 acres with 0% containment, said Suzie Tenhagen, spokeswoman with the Utah Division of Forestry.

No injuries were reported, but “we do have a little bit of end of season fatigue. It’s been a really long summer,” Tenhagen said.

Late Saturday afternoon, about 15 homes within Provo Canyon and the cascade Mini Golf Course and Homestead were evacuated as they faced a “direct threat” from the blaze, firefighters said. Additional evacuations were ordered for Squaw Peak Road, and U.S. 189 was closed due to the fire and smoke affecting visibility.

Tenhagen did not know the exact time residents would be allowed to return to their homes, but she said it would likely be in the morning.

No additional evacuations were expected, she said, although the fire moved back down the hill toward Nunn’s Park and the Canyon Glen Park. Crews set up structure protection in that area. But the blaze did not cross U.S. 189.

The cause of the wildfire remains under investigation.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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