UPDATE: Range Fire in Orem 57% contained

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THURSDAY 10/22/2020

OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Range Fire burning near Orem is now 57% contained. SR-92 was reopened to traffic Wednesday night.

All local parks along Hwy 189 remain closed.

WEDNESDAY 10/21/2020 8:30 a.m.

OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Range Fire, which is burning near Orem, has now burned 3,496 acres and is 33% contained.

Officials say that firefighters are planning to be challenged going into Wednesday because of critical fire weather conditions. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the fire area.

All residents in Sundance remain under pre-evacuation notice. SR-92 remains closed from Highway 189 to the turn off for SR-114, officials say only local traffic is allowed through.

TUESDAY 10/20/20202:40 p.m.

OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – Leadership Command sent new situation updates.

Parks and Trails in the canyon are closed. All local parks down both sides of Hwy 189 are closed, including Canyon Glen Park, Canyon View Park, Mt. Timpanogos Park, Nunn Park, Bridal Veil Falls/Park, and Upper Falls Picnic area.

Trail closures include The Provo River trail from the mouth of Provo Canyon to Vivian Park, Dry Canyon trailhead, trail #049 Dry Canyon Trail, and #033 Little Baldy/Great Western Trail.

Today’s firefighting efforts will be on the area near Bridal Veil Falls.

There is an incoming storm front, and the team is preparing for the front coming in from Wyoming. Forecasters are predicting gusty winds, low humidity, and warmer temperatures, which could challenge containment efforts.

A Spike team of 220 firefighters has been airlifted into the mountains to help on the ground.

The helipad in the Orem Cemetery has now been moved to the Dry Canyon trailhead parking lot.

Mt. Timpanogos Park is currently is not currently threatened by the fire.

As a precaution, culinary water from Alta Springs has been diverted out of the city water system. There is too much debris (fallen rocks, tree limbs, etc.) on the path leading to the upper springs for firefighters to get a closer look. Water quality tests are still being taken to monitor and guard against any contamination.

TUESDAY 10/20/2020 8:45 a.m.

The Range Fire is still burning Tuesday. Fire officials say it has burned an estimated 3,450 acres and is 10% contained.

There is 222 personnel working on the fire in various locations.

MONDAY 10/19/2020 10:30 a.m.

OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Range Fire has burned an estimated 3,450 acres and is 10% contained. There are no evacuations in place at this time. Sundance is in pre-evacuation status.

Investigators determined that the fire originated at the Orem Police Gun Range and was caused by target shooting. The Orem Police Officer present when the fire started is cooperating with officials.

Officials with Utah Fire Info say fire activity was minimal overnight and growth was significantly slowed by natural features.

Monday, crews will construct hand line directly along the western perimeter of the fire and continue mopping up.

SUNDAY 10/18/2020 1:49 p.m.

OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Range fire is now 3,000 acres and growing, according to fire officials.

Orem, Utah (ABC4 News) – Fire crews responded to a wildfire that forced the evacuation of nearby homes on Saturday.

The fire is burning near 1000 East Cascade Drive in Orem, according to fire officials.

Authorities ordered evacuations for Squaw Peak Road south of Provo Canyon and 5-10 homes at the mouth of Provo Canyon.

Residents should be able to return to their homes sometimes Sunday morning, according to fire authorities.

The fire has been dubbed the Range Fire.

Saturday afternoon, the fire had burned 250 acres and was primarily moving east towards the mouth of Provo Canyon.

By Sunday morning, the fire had burned through 1,500 acres.

Highway 189 was closed due to fire activity and smoke impacting visibility from the mouth of Provo Canyon to mile marter 15, according to fire officials.

Sunday, officials said the fire had yet to cross Hwy. 189.

UDOT Traffic camera shows the fire line near Hwy. 189 and Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon, Sunday, October 18, 2020.

Fire officials say Provo Canyon is also closed. Timpanogos Park was closed and evacuated as well.

Fire officials advised the public to avoid the area of Provo Canyon and find an alternate route home.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is investigation.

Fire officials advised the public to keep drones grounded for operations.

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