3,100 homes evacuated in Saratoga Springs by fire near Utah Lake

Jun 28, 2020, 3:27 PM | Updated: Jun 30, 2020, 2:23 pm
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In this still frame of video shot by KSL NewsRadio's John Wojcik, flames from the Knolls fire are visible in the distance as homeowners prepare to evacuate.

UPDATE: Utah fire officials initially reported a lightning strike as the cause of the Knolls Fire west of Utah Lake. On Tuesday, they said they had ruled out lightning as a cause and were now investigating human causes for the fire. The original story is below for your archived use. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah — Officials ordered 3,100 homes evacuated in Saratoga Springs after a fire broke out just west of Utah Lake — caused by a lightning strike in the area. This amounts to roughly 13,000 residents, the city tweeted Sunday evening. 

As of 7:15 p.m., there was no timeline on when residents can return to their homes — with the city encouraging evacuees to stay with friends or family until further notice. 



Residents are currently being relocated at Westlake High School as the current evacuation spot, with nearly a dozen or so cars in the parking lot.


Hot shot crews arrive to help fight the Knolls Fire in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Photo: Randall Jeppesen, KSL NewsRadio Heavy smoke clouds the area around Westlake High School, the evacuation center for residents affected by the Knolls Fire in Saratoga Springs. Photo from video shot by John Wojcik, KSL NewsRadio. In this still shot from video shot by a KSL reporter, fire crews respond to Saratoga Springs to help fight the Knolls Fire. Photo: John Wojcik, KSL NewsRadio.

Roughly one-third of the population at Saratoga Springs is under mandatory evacuation — including all homes south of Grandview Blvd. on the west side of Redwood Road, according to Utah CERT Teams.

Earlier today: 

The Lake Mountain Estates and Pelican Bay neighborhoods of Saratoga Springs had to be evacuated Sunday afternoon shortly after lightning sparked a fire west of Utah Lake.

In a tweet, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox asked residents to “Be vigilant and be safe” while confirming a lightning strike as the cause of the fire near Utah Lake. 

There was no immediate word on the size of the fire, but winds in the area were gusting over 50 miles an hour at times. 

This story is breaking and will be updated. 

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3,100 homes evacuated in Saratoga Springs by fire near Utah Lake