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One home destroyed, a dozen damaged by wildfire in Saratoga Springs

Deseret News logo Deseret News 6/29/2020 Pat Reavy
a stack of pancakes on a track with smoke coming out of it: A wildfire burns near Saratoga Springs on Sunday. The Knolls Fire, on the west side of Utah Lake, is forcing the evacuation of 3,100 homes in southern sections of Saratoga Springs. © Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News A wildfire burns near Saratoga Springs on Sunday. The Knolls Fire, on the west side of Utah Lake, is forcing the evacuation of 3,100 homes in southern sections of Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — At least one home has been destroyed and a dozen damaged in Saratoga Springs where more than 13,000 residents remained evacuated Monday due to a wildfire.

The Knolls Fire had burned at least 10,000 acres as of Monday morning. The fire was reported to be about 27% contained.

One home outside of the city limits was destroyed and about 12 homes had suffered some type of damage, said city spokesman Dave Johnson. Nine other residences sustained some type of property damage. About 18 fences have been damaged by the fire and at least one home had a shed on the property burned, he said.

An estimated 1,300 homes, or about 5,300 residents, remained under a mandatory evacuation order Monday morning. An additional 1,800 homes were under an evacuation warning, meaning those residents were allowed to return but were told to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

The evacuation order was lifted late Sunday for those who live north of Village Parkway. Residents south of Village Parkway, west of Redwood Road, and south of Harbor Parkway remained evacuated.

Redwood Road remained closed in both directions through Saratoga Springs. Johnson said in some areas, crews were also dealing with downed power lines.

“We just ask everyone to stay out of the area, to be safe. That’s what’s most important. Your belongings … you can get new clothes, you can replace things. We know that’s a hard situation for everyone. But what’s most important is you’re safe and that your family’s safe,” Johnson said.

A shelter for evacuated residents reopened Monday morning at Westlake High School, 990 N. Thunder Blvd., though many residents were staying with friends and other family members.

Rain and cooler temperatures were working in the favor of firefighters Monday morning. But crews warned that high winds and dry grass could return quickly.

Strong winds that prevented crews from being able to use aircraft to fight the fires on Sunday had died down by Monday morning,

Between 200 and 250 people were fighting the wildfire on Monday. What started the fire was still under investigation.

The fire started about 1 p.m. Sunday and by 5 p.m. had “wrapped around” the west side of Redwood Road, said Jason Curry, spokesman with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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