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Utah farmers share fruits of their labor with wildfire evacuees

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Posted at 6:40 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 10:28:39-04

UTAH — The American Red Cross is thanking some Utah farmers who donated and delivered fresh food to those evacuated by the Hilltop Fire in Sanpete County.

The Red Cross for Utah/Nevada posted a thank you Thursday to Jake at Harwood Farms in Springville, who they said shared his crop of fruits and vegetables with the evacuation center set up for the Hilltop Fire.

Family members say while Jake Harward donated the food, Calvin Shelley from Mount Pleasant made the delivery.

The Red Cross posted a photo Thursday morning showing the delivery, and they added a reminder the evacuation center will remain open throughout the day Thursday.

Wednesday night, fire officials said that fire activity was moderate enough to allow residents in Milburn to move from evacuation status to pre-evacuation status. They posted an updated map showing which areas remain evacuated.

The most recent update lists the estimate of acreage at 1,838 acres and containment at 12% Thursday morning.

The fire is believed to be human caused and several hundred residents evacuated earlier in the week.