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Winds whip up fire; officials shut down US 89

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INDIANOLA, Utah — Authorities have shut down part of a main central Utah traffic artery after high gusting winds whipped up a wildfire in Sanpete County.

Towering plumes of dark smoke sped across U.S. 89 near Indianola Tuesday afternoon, hours after officials said they were getting more control on the blaze.

An interagency fire spokeswoman says evacuation orders that were lifted in the morning may be reinstated if the fire jumps the highway.

The road was shut down about 2:30 p.m., just hours after some residents east of the highway were allowed to return to their homes.

The fire has burned more than 40,000 acres since Saturday. Officials have confirmed more than two dozen homes have been destroyed.