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Update: Evacuations lifted for Lehi residents affected by Traverse Fire

Jun 28, 2020, 7:10 AM | Updated: 7:44 pm
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The fire forced the evacuations of at least 42 homes in the Traverse Mountain area of Lehi and Alpine. Photo: Stephanie Avis, KSL TV

LEHI, Utah — Evacuation orders for Lehi residents in Autumn Hills and Spring Dew Lane neighborhoods have been lifted, the city said Sunday evening. Just a few hours later, the city also announced lifted evacuation orders for Maple Hollow neighborhood. 

Residents are able to return to their homes after being evacuated overnight and earlier Sunday morning after fireworks sparked a fire. 

Crews have assessed the area and confirm they don’t believe any flare-ups will occur in the area. However, they will be closely monitoring the situation over the next several hours. 

Power should be restored to most households that went dark overnight — if not, residents are asked to contact Rocky Mountain Power for assistance. 

Earlier today: 

Wind gusts helped spread a fast-moving fire started by fireworks in the Traverse Mountain area of Lehi and Alpine overnight, according to state fire officials.

Kaitlyn Webb, Prevention & Fire Communications Coordinator with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, said initial estimates that the fire was over a thousand acres had been revised to 450 acres instead.

According to Webb, over 200 resources responded, both on the ground and in the air. 

Traverse Fire evacuations

Sunday morning, Lehi Fire Chief Jeremy Craft told reporters about 100 people from 42 homes on Autumn Hills Drive remained evacuated. The Red Cross set up an evacuation center at Draper Park Middle School in Draper for residents who need a place to go. 

Craft said the fire no longer threatened any homes, but evacuations remained in place because of strong wind gusts expected later in the morning. According to Webb, the evacuation order would be re-evaluated after the wind storm passed through. 

Fireworks not legal yet

Fireworks are allowed by law starting July 2 for the Independence Day holidays, which means setting them off at the end of June is against Utah law.

“This was preventable,” Craft said. 

Craft said he believed Lehi Police and Utah County officials were working with the person responsible, who was said to be cooperating with investigators.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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Update: Evacuations lifted for Lehi residents affected by Traverse Fire