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350 residents displaced by Sanpete County fire

INDIANOLA, Sanpete County — About 100 firefighters are battling a fire that ignited Monday southeast of Indianola, Sanpete County, and has burned two structures, according to state fire officials.

On Tuesday, officials said the fire was human caused and that witnesses were cooperating with the investigation. Officials have not reported what type of structures have been destroyed in the fire.

The blaze, dubbed Hill Top Fire, is burning 1,400 acres and had zero containment Tuesday. The fire has prompted more than 350 people to evacuate, officials said.

Evacuations remain in place for residents of Black Hawk Estates and areas north of Hilltop Road and west of Milburn Road. Officials say 150 structures are threatened.

Residents in Hideaway Valley south of South Ridge Road and west of Shadow Canyon Road were also told Tuesday to evacuate.

The Red Cross set up an evacuation center in the LDS chapel in Indianola, 8000 E. 36500 North.

Late Monday night, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Management Agency announced in a news release it would authorize funds to pay for 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs on the Hill Top Fire, including field camps, equipment use and supplies.

Firefighters on Tuesday focused on attacking the north side of the fire and protecting structures as the fire burned in timber, brush and short grass, state fire officials said, adding that smoke is visible from Heber, Spanish Fork and surrounding areas.

Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said increased temperatures and wind throughout the day caused the blaze to pick up in activity and grow southward and eastward.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who lives in Fairview a few miles from the fire, has taken to Twitter to share updates about the blaze since its start Monday.

Tuesday morning, he posted photos of two homes that remain intact while smoke from the fire can be seen in the background. "Amazing aggressive saves on these two homes last night by all-volunteer Sanpete fire departments," he wrote.