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Growing Utah Fire Forces Evacuation Of Up To 300 Homes

Wildfire causes evacuation of 300 houses.
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Wildfire causes evacuation of 300 houses.

Authorities have evacuated 200 to 300 Utah homes because of a growing wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir.

Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands says high winds helped grow the fire to about 47 square miles (122 square kilometers) by Monday evening.

He says several structures have been lost but it's unclear how many.

Fire officials say the blaze started Sunday and officials believe it was human-caused.

High winds and hot dry weather are forecast for Tuesday as fire crews battle the blaze in steep terrain.

The fire is burning in an area east of Strawberry Reservoir, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City.