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A firefighter maneuvers a spotlight showing a destroyed boardwalk that had encircled a Draper pond.

A firefighter maneuvers a spotlight showing a destroyed boardwalk that had encircled a Draper pond.

Laura Seitz, Deseret Morning News

Dark smoke and flames from a grass fire in Draper sent several homeowners scrambling as they were evacuated Wednesday afternoon.

Roads were closed for at least one hour while firefighters doused the flames at the Draper Wetland Park, near 11800 South and 900 East.

Dry conditions and winds caused the fire to spread quickly, creating concern for surrounding homes, said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Jay Torgersen. However, a joint effort involving several fire agencies allowed officials to protect the homes from extensive damage.

Several homes endured exterior damage in the 20-acre fire, including melted siding and burned fencing, and one gazebo was completely destroyed, Torgersen said. One person was treated on location for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.

"It's odd to have a grass fire this time of the year, but when the conditions are dry and temperatures warm like it has been, along with carelessness, there is potential for some damage," Torgersen said.

Witnesses reported seeing kids running from the fire when it began around 4 p.m. Anyone with more information is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 582-7766 or toll-free at 877-572-7766.