EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The Pinyon Fire continues to burn out of control in Utah County near Eagle Mountain and Camp Williams.
As of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday the fire is 35 percent contained and has burned a total of 2,959 acres.
Two single engine air tankers, one large air tanker, four black hawk helicopters, one small helicopter, seven fire engines and 150 people are working to contain this blaze.
It forced 93 people to evacuate their homes in a neighborhood on the west side of Eagle Mountain Monday night.
“I was nervous for my neighbors who were around the corner. You could see the flames advancing and the winds were shifting and you realize that fire can move very rapidly,” said Erin Madsen.
The evacuations were lifted at 10:00 Tuesday morning. Neighbors are confident they're safe, but wary of the chances the wind could shift and bring the fire back in their direction.
“Everybody is still a little apprehensive to see what happens,” said David Hall.
Another concern is the unexploded ammunition in a three square mile area near Camp Williams. The bullets and projectiles failed to fire during war training and were left. They can explode if the fire gets to close. The largest projectile is 90 pounds, three feet long and eight inches around.
It could kill anyone within 100 meters of the explosion and would force a mandatory evacuation around this area if the fire gets within a half mile.
The fire is slowly retreating from the area as of Tuesday, but came within a mile of the training area Monday night.
Kim Osborn who is a spokesperson for the Pinyon fire says it will likely take two or three more days to contain the fire.