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Fire near Leeds shuts down exit to I-15 northbound

LEEDS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A fire near the city of Leeds has crews shutting down exit 22 on I-15.
Danielle Stirling, Clair Langston and Katina Young watch as fire crews work to put out a wildfire near Stirling's home in Leeds on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Both Stiling and Langston were evacuated from their homes. Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum (Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum)
Danielle Stirling, Clair Langston and Katina Young watch as fire crews work to put out a wildfire near Stirling's home in Leeds on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Both Stiling and Langston were evacuated from their homes. Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum (Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum)
Multiple fire crews work to extinguish a wildfire in Leeds off Babylon Road Saturday, June 23, 2012. Mandatory evacuations for some residents in Leeds went into effect after reports of the fire, which started at approximately 2:45 p.m. Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum (Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum)
Multiple fire crews work to extinguish a wildfire in Leeds off Babylon Road Saturday, June 23, 2012. Mandatory evacuations for some residents in Leeds went into effect after reports of the fire, which started at approximately 2:45 p.m. Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum (Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum)
Fire crews work to gain ground on a wildfire near the intersection of Valley Road and Babylon Mill Road in Leeds, Utah on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Mandatory evacuations for some residents in Leeds went into effect after reports of the fire, which started at approximately 2:45 p.m. Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum (Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum)
Fire crews work to gain ground on a wildfire near the intersection of Valley Road and Babylon Mill Road in Leeds, Utah on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Mandatory evacuations for some residents in Leeds went into effect after reports of the fire, which started at approximately 2:45 p.m. Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum (Samantha Clemens / The Spectrum)
LEEDS, Utah(ABC 4 News)- A fire near the city of Leeds has crews shutting down exit 22 on I-15.

The fire is causing several road closures and forcing evacuations.

The fire is now at 1,600 acres and is threatening structures to the north and west of the blaze. One shed has already been destroyed.

There are an estimated 32 engines, tenders and brush trucks battling the fire from the ground. There are also one single engine tanker, one heavy air tanker and two helicopters battling the blaze from the air.

The fire is moving toward homes on the north end of Leeds. Fire units are in place, trying to protect the homes.

No cause of the fire has been released at this time.

No injuries have been reported.

The fire is now at 50 percent containment according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Firefighters report that at least five homes in Leeds would have burned, but were spared because the owners created good defensive space.

Crews are estimating that power should be restored in about 4-5 hours. They also believe residents will be able to start returning to their homes in that same time frame.

ABC 4 is working on getting information and will update this story as soon as possible.
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