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Photo Gallery: Swift-moving fire forces evacuations in Parleys Canyon

Aug 14, 2021, 4:56 PM | Updated: 6:44 pm
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A large amount of smoke can be seen from west of the Utah State Capitol on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. The smoke came from the Parley's Canyon Fire. Photo credit: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

PARK CITY, Utah — A quickly moving brush fire in Parleys Canyon forced evacuations for Summit Park, Pinebrook and Timberline, as multiple agencies worked to douse the flames. 

Below: Parleys Canyon Fire photo gallery

An air tanker drops retardant on the Parleys Canyon west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News Aircraft battle the Parleys Canyon west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News An air tanker drops retardant on the Parleys Canyon west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News FILE: An air tanker drops retardant on the Parleys Canyon west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (Scott G. Winterton/Deseret News) Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News A line of traffic is pictured on Parleys Canyon. Photo: Jessica Lowell Photo: Jessica Lowell Photo: Jessica Lowell Photo: Beth Brewer Photo: Alexis Pineiro Photo: Bob Tackleberry Photo: Roland Radack Photo: Jessica Boyd, KSL The Park City Fire District responded to a brush fire affecting traffic along I-80 near Lambs Canyon Saturday afternoon. Photo: PC Fire District A view of burning brush from the Parleys Canyon Fire. Photo: Chris Redgrave FILE: A view of burning brush from the Parleys Canyon Fire in August, 2021. (Chris Redgrave) The Parley's Canyon Fire on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. Photo credit: Tarra Sliwa A large amount of smoke can be seen from west of the Utah State Capitol on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. The smoke came from the Parley's Canyon Fire. Photo credit: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News A fire up Parley's Canyon on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. Photo credit: Utah Highway Patrol The Parleys Canyon Fire as seen from I-80. Photo: Chris Redgrave The Parleys Canyon Fire quickly spread to 2,000 acres Saturday afternoon. Photo: Chris Redgrave FILE: Smoke from the fire in Parleys Canyon in August, 2021. (Utah Fire Info) Screen grab: Chopper 5 / KSL TV

The photos from the scene showed two thick plumes of smoke merging to become one over the Wasatch range on Saturday. Drivers stranded in traffic emailed and texted photos and shared them with KSL on social media. 

Because of power outages in the area, the Utah Department of Transportation reported traffic signal malfunctions at some intersections. 

American Red Cross workers set up an evacuation center at Park City High School for any residents who need it. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the agency asked those who need shelter to bring a mask. 

Fire was human caused

The fire quickly grew to between 2,500 and 3,000 acres Saturday afternoon. Authorities said the cause appeared to be a faulty catalytic converter. 

This story will be updated. 

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Photo Gallery: Swift-moving fire forces evacuations in Parleys Canyon