More Evacuations as Wildfire Spreads Near Utah Reservoir


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Officials have ordered more Utah residents to evacuate their homes as crews struggled to get a hold on a wildfire burning near a popular fishing reservoir east of Salt Lake City.

The fire burning near Strawberry Reservoir has grown to 62 square miles (160 square kilometers) over three days with the help of high wind gusts, steep terrain and extremely dry conditions.

It’s destroyed about 30 structures and led officials to evacuate several hundred homes and cabins in the area about two hours southeast of Salt Lake City.

Officials did not have an updated count of structures evacuated or destroyed Wednesday but evacuations were extended to an area dotted with trees and cabins stretching about 20 miles (32 kilometers).

The blaze started Sunday. Officials believe it was human-caused but they’re still investigating how it started.

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