Officials give update for residents affected by Knolls Fire, BLM land reopened

Utah Wildfires

Courtesy: Saratoga Springs

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – UPDATE 07/06/2020 – The Bureau of Land Management West Desert District has reopened BLM-managed public lands in the Lake Mountains following 100% containment of the Knolls Fire.

Fire crews say they will patrol and monitor the area over the next couple of days and the public is advised to use caution when visiting the area due to the recent burn.

Target shooting, camping, and unnecessary traffic in the land surrounding the fire are restricted in the following areas:

  • South of Israel Canyon on the east side of the Lake Mountains
  • East of the ridgeline of the Lake Mountains
  • North of the Soldier Pass County Road (approximately mile marker 15 on Highway 68)
  • West of Utah Lake; all in Utah County, Utah

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UPDATE 07/04/2020 – Crews are continuing to work on hot spots & closing the perimeter of the Knolls Fire and are asking for everyone to please stay off Lake Mountain at this time.

City officials held a press conference on Saturday, asking for everyone to use their best judgment and if you feel something isn’t safe, do not do it and to know firework restrictions for their areas.

Officials also said over the next couple of days, they will also be giving residents affected by the fire resources and information pertaining to the incident and how to get help if they need it.

The fire is believed to be human-caused, but they have not made any determination on if it was fireworks, a campsite, or something else.

13,000 residents and 3100 homes were evacuated during the fire. One home was lost, and 12 other homes sustained damage and 18 fences were destroyed.


UPDATE JULY 1st 9:15 p.m.: The Knolls Fire containment is now at 97% containment, and estimated 12,977 acres. Officials say the fire is believed to be human-caused and under investigation.

Evacuations have been lifted. Officials say residents are allowed to return to their homes. Hwy 68/Redwood Road is now open. BLM-managed lands in and around the fire perimeter are however closed to access until further notice.

Officials are reminding the public that drones are not allowed in and around the fire area without specific approval of the incident commander.


UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – UPDATE JUNE 30th 9:15 p.m.: The Knolls Fire containment is now at 75%, and estimated 12,977 acres. Officials say the fire is believed to be human-caused and under investigation.

Fire officials say 13 engines, one water tender, four (20 person) crews, and three helicopters are working to contain the fire with a total of 235 personnel.

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UPDATE JUNE 30th 12:30 p.m.: Crews are continuing to contain the flames of the Knolls Fire. The city is asking residents to help gather and place sandbags to help prevent flooding that can occur from rains after a burn scar.

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UPDATE JUNE 30th 8:28 am. From Utah Fire info. Crews have reached 31% containment. Crews helicopters, dozers, and engines will be working today to secure the perimeter of the fire, BLM-managed lands are CLOSED in and around the fire until further notice.

UPDATE TUESDAY June 30th, 7:15 AM: Fire containment at 30% and 12,500 acres through the night. Residents south of Grandview Blvd and west of Redwood Rd still under a YELLOW evacuation warning. Redwood Rd open. Please STAY OFF Lake Mountain. It is entirely closed to the public

According to Utah Fire Info, crews are responding to a new wildfire on Lake Mountain, west of Utah Lake.

Crews say extreme fire behavior and low visibility make containment challenging and as of Monday morning, 12,000 acres had burned and it was 25 percent contained.

According to fire crews, Redwood Raod is closed going south at Harbor Parkway.

Assessments of homes have been completed and officials say it’s safe for residents to return. Returning residents should still prepare for another potential evacuation.

Watch the video showing the #KnollsFire burning a fence in Saratoga Springs. ***Video Courtesy: Deputy Haymond, Utah County Fire Marshal.

Updated information about the Knolls Fire will be shared as it becomes available.

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Fires are burning across the state including the Traverse Fire in Lehi, the Rock Path Fire in Millard County, and the Volcano Fire in southern Utah.

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