One dead in Wood Hollow Fire

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-26 17:25:24-04

Sanpete County Sheriffs say a body was discovered Tuesday in one of the areas that was evacuated for the Wood Hollow fire.

The body was discovered when Sanpete County Sheriff’s deputies and the Sanpete County Search & Rescue crew were conducting assessments Tuesday morning. The body has not been identified. This is the first wildfire-related death this year.

Tuesday’s assessment will help the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office determine when property owners can can return to their properties.

The Wood Hollow Fire, which started Saturday afternoon, continues to burn and has expanded to more than 39,000 acres. At last report the fire had been confirmed at 15 percent containment.

Evacuations on the east side of U.S. 89 were lifted Tuesday and residents in Fairview Ranchos were also allowed to return to their properties. Sanpete County is leaving the evacuation orders in effect for the west side of Hwy 89. It is unknown if evacuations will be put in place again as the fire is now with approx two miles of the west side of U.S. 89.