Evacuation lifted for 2,300 residents in Utah

10:47 AM, Jun 24, 2012   |    comments
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About 2,300 Utah wildfire evacuees were allowed to return to their homes Saturday evening after officials determined the blaze no longer posed a direct threat to them.

The decision was announced after the fire had burned Friday within a quarter mile of some homes in Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Teresa Rigby says no homes have burned.

The evacuation order affected nearly 600 homes. A shift in wind direction pushed some of the fire back on itself Saturday, and crews managed to put out hot spots closest to homes.

The fire that officials believe was started Thursday by target shooters was 30 percent contained Saturday evening, with full containment expected Tuesday.

MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press

The Associated Press

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