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Crews fighting 2 wildfires in Utah County

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A heavy tanker begins a retardant drop as crews respond to a fire burning near Goshen and Santaquin in Utah County on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

PLEASANT GROVE — Crews in Utah County battled two new wildfires on Sunday, one of which forced temporary evacuations.

The Goshen Fire, which ignited southwest of Santaquin near Summit Ridge Parkway, was reported midafternoon. By evening officials estimated the blaze at 200 acres with 0% reported containment.

While structures were originally threatened after the fire started, the blaze had moved away from them by late afternoon, state fire officials said on the Utah Fire Info website. No evacuations were ordered.

Two hundred firefighters were fighting the blaze, as well as three helicopters and eight aircraft dropping fire retardant into the evening, officials said.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Meanwhile, residents in Pleasant Grove who had evacuated due to a separate wildfire were able to return to their homes early Sunday afternoon.

The Battle Creek 2 Fire ignited Saturday evening above Battle Creek Canyon. As of Sunday night, the blaze was 188 acres with 20% containment reported.

Residents from 34 homes had been evacuated, but no homes were threatened Sunday as crews worked to redirect the fire away from them, firefighters said.

“People returning to their homes should be watchful for changes in the fire. If they feel threatened, they should notify 911. This is a federal fire, and they are in command now. A heartfelt thank you to the many resources and agencies working on the fire. And thank you for your cooperation,” Pleasant Grove officials tweeted.

The fire appears to be human-caused but remains under investigation, according to the Utah Division of Forestry.

Fire officials asked the public to stay out of the areas of both fires and not fly any drones, as they would deter crews’ air attacks.

A private drone flying in the area of the Battle Creek 2 Fire temporarily grounded aircraft late Sunday afternoon, fire officials said.

The fire in Battle Creek Canyon is the second reported wildfire in the area within the last four weeks. The first Battle Creek Fire ignited in mid-August.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality warned of moderate levels of particulate matter pollution throughout the Wasatch Front due to wildfires burning. Those with heart or respiratory ailments should limit outdoor activity if smoke becomes thick, officials cautioned.