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Wildfire burning in Spanish Fort Canyon prompts evacuations

October 26, 2019 GMT

SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — Authorities on Saturday evacuated hunters, campers and people in cabins because of a wildfire in Spanish Fork Canyon in a rural area southeast of Provo.

Utah County Sheriff’s spokesman Spencer Canyon said the wildfire was reported at 2 p.m. and an hour later had burned 20 acres (8 hectares).

Canyon said the fire was moving up the canyon and not threatening any structures and that the Utah County Fire Department was fighting the fire.

It wasn’t known how many people were evacuated.

The Deseret News reports that a lightning-caused fire in 2018 burned through parts of the canyon before merging with another fire.

The combined fires burned more than 187 sq. miles (484 sq. kilometers) and forced evacuations for nearly 6,000 people.