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A helicopter drops water on hot spots as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City.

A helicopter drops water on hot spots as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Photo of the day: Fighting the Parleys Canyon Fire

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When a fire along I-80 in Parleys Canyon broke out Saturday afternoon, Deseret News photojournalist Scott G Winterton jumped into action.

The fire, which was ignited by hot particles thrown from a vehicle’s poorly working catalytic converter, forced the evacuation of the Summit Park and Pinebrook communities, as well as the Timberline subdivision. Nearby Lambs Canyon and Millcreek Canyon were also evacuated.

The fire was 10% contained Monday morning, after air and ground crews worked to protect more than 6,000 homes still under evacuation order. Evacuations remained in effect Monday for the approximately 6,000 to 8,000 homes in the area that were threatened by the blaze.

Crews said Saturday the fire had grown to 2,500-3,000 acres, but said Sunday it was closer to 1,500 acres. However, the Great Basin team on Monday said the fire is now mapped at 539 acres.

Here is a look at some of the images Winterton captured over the past three days as crews battled the blaze.

A large tanker drops retardant as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

A large tanker drops retardant as crews continue fighting the Parley’s Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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A man leans out of his car to take a photo of a helicopter as it passes overhead as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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A helicopter flies into drop position as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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A Utah Department of Natural Resources officer checks the residency of a person trying to get into Summit Park as crews fight the Parley’s Canyon Fire near Park City on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

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A few residents wait in the shade of an overpass waiting to get into Summit Park as crews fight the Parley’s Canyon Fire near Park City on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

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A water tanker lifts up after scooping water from the Jordanelle Reservoir as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

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Smoke in the mountains is pictured as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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A small plane passes over the top of a retardant tanker as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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Cars travel on state Route 189 near Jordanelle Reservoir as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

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A water tanker begins to turn in to scoop water from the Jordanelle Reservoir as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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A helicopter drops water as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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Crews repair power poles as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

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A water tanker begins a run to drop water on the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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A water tanker lifts up after scooping water from Jordanelle Reservoir as crews fight the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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A large tanker begins a retardant drop on the Parleys Canyon Fire near Park City on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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An air tanker drops retardant on the Parley’s Canyon fire west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

An air tanker drops retardant on the Parleys Canyon Fire west of Park City.

An air tanker drops retardant on the Parley’s Canyon fire west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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A helicopter dips water from Little Dell Reservoir as aircraft battle the Parleys Canyon Fire west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

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An air tanker drops retardant on the Parleys Canyon west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

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Onlookers watch from Little Mountain as aircraft battle the Parleys Canyon fire on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

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Westbound traffic on I-80 builds up as aircraft battle the Parleys Canyon fire west of Park City on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

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Smoke from the Parleys Canyon Fire rises above the Wasatch Mountains on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. The plume could be seen from Salt Lake City and for miles around.

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Smoke from the Parleys Canyon Fire rises above the Wasatch Mountains on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. The plume could be seen from Salt Lake City and for miles around.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News