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UPDATE: Big Hollow Fire in Heber 22% contained

Jul 16, 2020, 7:12 PM | Updated: Jul 17, 2020, 5:42 pm

Big Hollow Fire...

(Photo Credit: Josh Furlong)

(Photo Credit: Josh Furlong)

SOUTH HEBER, Utah — The Big Hollow Fire burning just south of Heber, Utah, is now 22% contained. And fire officials say it has burned 418 acres.

They cite better weather conditions on Friday as helping them meet their containment goals.

 

Earlier, on Friday morning, officials said the fire had grown significantly overnight. It was reported to have burned roughly 80 acres of land Thursday night. 

Growing overnight

Fire officials in Wasatch County admit the blaze didn’t seem overly concerning late Thursday afternoon.

“It was looking pretty good,” explains Mike Eriksson, with the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. “Then once air resources had to leave, the wind picked-up a little bit.”

In fact, winds fueled the flames so much that 50 homes needed to be evacuated around 10 PM.

“Little Sweden Road they’ve done mandatory evacuations,” he explains.

As of Friday morning, those residents are being allowed back in their homes. At this time, no structures have been damaged.

(Photo Credit: Christopher Straughan)

Efforts to battle the blaze restarted around 6 a.m. on Friday morning.

It has already been determined that the fire was human-caused. An investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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UPDATE: Big Hollow Fire in Heber 22% contained