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Wildfire in Sanpete County prompts more than 100 evacuations

FAIRVIEW, Sanpete County — A fire that ignited Monday afternoon prompted more than 100 evacuations in Sanpete County.

Residents of Blackhawk Estates in Fairview, Sanpete County, were evacuated late Monday afternoon, according to Sanpete County Sheriff's Office. Residents west of Milburn Road and north of Hill Top Road were later told to evacuate as well.

During a briefing about the fire Monday night, Sanpete County Sheriff Brian Nielsen said some structures have been damaged in the fire, but he did not have information about the type or amount of structures affected.

The blaze has been named the Hill Top Fire. It was burning an estimated 1,000 acres by late evening and had zero containment, state fire officials said.

The county is at the "highest need for resources" in the Great Basin and in the country, while resources are stretched thin nationally, Nielsen said.

"We're working a few things to try to make sure we have our bases covered with resources," he said.

The Red Cross is helping officials set up evacuation centers, Nielsen said.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, a resident of Fairview, took to Twitter to share updates about the fire. "This one is close to home for me," he wrote.

He later shared photos as he joined area farmers setting irrigation lines to protect their fields. He replied to comments on Twitter "this is still a few miles from my home — no worries for our farm. Thanks for all the concern. But these are dear friends and neighbors in harm's way."

During the press briefing, Cox said officials had been working Monday night to help residents get their livestock out of the area.

"We knew it was coming, especially this year, as dry as it is," Cox said.

He said firefighters were prepared for it. "Some of the best firefighters in the world are working on this one right now," he said.

Throughout the summer, Cox has voiced his support for victims of wildfires around the state and commented on fires burning near his home.

According to Sanpete County Commissioner Claudia Jarrett, "This is our second big one in just a month. It's a bad, bad year for Sanpete. We're just hoping that this will be the end of it. But our fingers are crossed that we can get this one under control very, very quickly."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.