Wildfire along SR 28 in Juab County forces evacuations

LEVAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Residents are back in their homes Thursday after a wildfire broke out just after 4 this afternoon in Juab County Just South of Levan off Highway 28.

Fire officials say so far over 1,000 acres has burned.

Fire crews from up above and on the ground fought a wildfire that broke out just after 4 p.m. in Juab County. It forced six homes to be evacuated including the Chicken Creek Campground.

“There are some strong winds which blew it to the mountains behind us east up these mountains and it moved very rapidly,” said Alden Orme, Juab County Sheriff.

Evacuations have been lifted thanks efforts made by state local and federal firefighters including three helicopters and heavy air tanker.

Officials say despite their efforts more than 1,000 acres burned, but the shift in wind has helped significantly in getting the fire under control.

"This is going to be a long term event we've actually ordered a type 2 incident management team which is a large team of experts from around the area and will manage this fire on a long term basis,” said Jason Curry, with the Utah Division of Forestry.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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