Fireworks Spark Utah Wildfire, Evacuations (Reports).
42 homes and 100 people were evacuated due to a fire that started late Saturday night above Lehi.
Homes in the Traverse Mountain area were evacuated around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. Those within a 1/4 mile radius from Vialetto Way and Annuvolato Way, those on Spring View Lane, and the Autumn Hills area were ordered to evacuate to Skyridge High School and told to wait there in their vehicles.
The blaze, dubbed the “Traverse Fire,” was originally estimated at 150-200 acres and spread quickly due to wind. Newer figures for the blaze put it close to 450* acres burned.
Draper City later ordered the evacuation of the Maple Hollow neighborhood, and Draper Park Middle School was opened to those who needed a place to go.
Draper City also announced that residents living in the Suncrest area should prepare to evacuate, and they would receive a reverse 911 call if ordered to do so.
“If you are concerned you should evacuate, please do not call 911 or dispatch. Just evacuate if you are concerned,” Lehi Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) wrote on Twitter.
According to Lehi Fire Chief Jeremy Craft, no major damage was reported to any homes or structures.
Evacuations were lifted for some areas, and authorities hope to have them all lifted by Sunday afternoon.
Residents at Seasons at Traverse Mountain can go to their apartments. The only areas that can not return are the Autumn Hills and Spring View Lane residents.
— Lehi City (@LehiCity) June 28, 2020
Two blackhawk helicopters will be assisting with putting out hot spots.
Officials say it was started by fireworks, and the suspect is cooperating with police.
Fireworks are illegal to light off in the state of Utah except for in the days surrounding Independence Day, Pioneer Day and New Year’s holidays — specifically, July 2-5, July 22-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
During those days, some areas are still off-limits to firework use due to increased wildfire danger.
This is a developing news story and will be updated as more information is available.