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1,000-acre fire in Uintah County prompts evacuations

Fire officials have evacuated the Yellow Hill subdivision in Maeser and closed state Route 121 as winds fan flames in a 300-acre fire.
Fire officials have evacuated the Yellow Hill subdivision in Maeser and closed state Route 121 as winds fan flames in a 300-acre fire.
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MAESER, Uintah County — A 1,000-acre fire near Vernal temporarily forced home evacuations and a road closure Friday.

Don Jaques, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire started along state Route 121 and was spreading northeast, fanned by strong winds coming from the southwest.

S.R. 121 was temporarily closed in Maeser Friday but was repoened about 8 p.m. About 150 homes in a neighborhood west of the fire were evacuated Friday, but residents were allowed to return to their homes around 9 p.m.

The Red Cross served water and snacks to families displaced by the fire at Vernal Middle School.

As of 9 p.m., the fire district and Uintah County Sheriff's Office had not reported any injuries or buildings damaged by the fire.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.