UPDATE: Evacuation orders lifted in East Canyon fire area

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A fire burns more than 300 acres in Morgan County near East Canyon State Park.

THURSDAY 6/10/21 6:42 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Officials say the East Canyon fire is now 90% contained, up from 45% Wednesday evening.

The final 10% of the fire that remains ongoing is located in the thickest vegetation in the area, according to wildfire officials. This will require additional work from fire crews.

Despite Thursday’s winds — which caused some residents to evacuate near the Bennion Creek fire in Scofield — the East Canyon fire remained in its perimeter with no significant issues, officials say.

The local fire unit in Morgan County will resume command of the fire starting Friday.

Evacuation orders lifted in East Canyon fire area

WEDNESDAY 6/9/21 4:12 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Wildfire officials say the East Canyon fire is now 45% contained.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect in the area of the fire until 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

WEDNESDAY 6/9/21 3:03 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Officials are lifting evacuation orders on Wednesday afternoon after progress fighting the East Canyon Fire has allowed for residents to remain in and return to the area.

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According to Utah Fire Info’s Twitter feed, SR-66 is now open, but air resources will still be utilized to quell the flames that have impacted hundreds of acres already.

Officials are asking those returning to avoid the fire area for both firefighter and public safety.

ORIGINAL STORY: East Canyon fire scorches hundreds of acres, causes evacuations

WEDNESDAY 6/8/21 8:39 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – A grass fire started in Morgan County near East Canyon State Park Tuesday morning, and by 6 p.m., it had scorched more than 300 acres.

Morgan County Fire officials told ABC4 they responded to the fire around 10:30 a.m. The dry, windy, hot conditions helped the fire grow past 300 acres in a matter of hours.

Morgan County Fire Department Public Information Officer Honor Hunt said the wind caused the fire to change directions every few minutes, making it especially hard to fight. “Fire has a huge impact on the fire behavior, and we can’t control it,” she added.

By 3 p.m., the fire had burned hundreds of acres and crossed county lines into Summit County.

Hunt said at 6 p.m., officials still did not have an estimate on how much of the fire had been contained. She did say crews had contained enough of the fire that there was no threat to East Canyon State Park.

“My chief was actually talking about how we’re going to need engines on this road all night long just to watch it even if we do get it contained,” explained Hunt. “If we do get it contained and it’s under control, we still want to be very sure that it’s safe. “We don’t want it to go anywhere near those houses or anything like that.”

The Morgan County sheriff told ABC4 that they began evacuating homes along Highway 66 earlier in the afternoon after closing the road to traffic. In total, 10 homes were evacuated. However, only two of those homes are full-time residences. The other eight are cabin-style summer homes. So far, no homes have been reported as damaged.

Hunt said that at 6 p.m., more than 60 firefighters were on scene. At the same time, more than half a dozen aircraft were dropping retardant on the fire’s perimeters, and four additional crews were on their way to assist.

Crews will remain on scene overnight with the hopes of gaining some control.

Hunt said the cause is under investigation, but they do know it is human caused.

“People just need to be so safe,” she said. “Right now, this is one of the driest seasons we’ve had, and it’s so early in the season to have this kind of fire behavior that we usually expect later in the season. So, people just need to really use their heads and think about what they’re doing. The smallest spark can cause devastating fires.”

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