Range Fire Update Oct. 18, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Suzie Tenhagen (385) 329-6957

October 18, 2020

Summary: Fire activity on the Range Fire was moderate overnight. All residents who were evacuated yesterday afternoon were allowed to return home this morning. Today, fire activity has increased due to strong winds and low humidity. Air and ground resources are working in coordination to suppress hot spots and to establish and secure control lines were firefighters can safely access the fire perimeter. A structure protection group is assessing structures along the Hwy 189 and SR-92 as a precautionary measure in case the fire moves in that direction.

Start Date: October 17, 2020

Location: 3 miles north of the mouth of Provo Canyon

Cause: Human-caused, the investigation is on-going

Fire Size & Containment: 3,000 acres, 0% contained

Complexity: Type 3 Incident Command Organization

Jurisdiction: State, private and Forest Service

Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior with group torching and short range spotting observed along the HWY 189 corridor.

Structures Threatened: Yes

Evacuations: All residents in Sundance are under a Pre-Evacuation notice.

Closures: Hwy 189 is closed from 800 North in Orem to SR-92 (Sundance/Timpanogos Hwy/Alpine Loop). SR-92 is closed from Hwy 189 to the turn off for SR-114 Cascade Springs Rd, only local traffic is allowed through.

Fuels and Terrain: Steep terrain burning in grass, brush, oak and pine.  

Resources: 150 personnel assigned

For more information on fires in Utah, visit www.UtahFireInfo.gov

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