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Indian Fire near Ogden Canyon 70 percent contained

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Posted at 6:49 AM, Jul 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-20 23:48:04-04

OGDEN CANYON, Utah --Residents have been allowed back into their homes after a wildfire broke out near the mouth of Ogden Canyon late Saturday night, and Sunday evening officials said the fire is 70 percent contained.

At approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, fire crews responded to the Indian Fire located east of 24th Street and south of 12th Street.

What started as a 3-acre fire, officials say, was fueled by strong winds--causing it to burn an estimated 50 acres. The fire is burning through grass, oak, brush and timber. Fire officials stated shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday that the fire was 70 percent contained.

Residents like Rick Mackenzie said the fire seemed threatening.

"It's the craziest thing I've seen anywhere," Mackenzie said.

Twenty homes were evacuated, and power was shut off in the area because of the high voltage lines that were above the fire.

As of 2:30 a.m., residents were allowed back into their homes and power has been restored, said Kim Osborn, who is a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.

Osborn said the Utah Red Cross was on scene Saturday night providing food and water for firefighters fighting the blaze.

"Right now we have one hand crew, which is about 20 people, up there trying to build a fire line," Osborn said. "We've got two helicopters and currently they're doing bucket drops to hit some of the hot spots."

Fire crews say no structures have been damaged at this time and there have been no reported injuries.

Currently there are no closures but officials are asking the public to stay clear of the area while firefighters fight the blaze.

Officials have also asked that people not use the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from 12th Street south to Water Fall Canyon.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.