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'Big Draw' wildfire brings concern in Duchesne County

Big Draw Fire
Posted at 5:14 PM, Jun 17, 2024

DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah — The new "Big Draw" wildfire burning in Duchesne County in northeast Utah is bringing concern to the area as windy conditions could cause the fire to rapidly spread.

Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the fire Monday afternoon as officials said it burned actively until 2:30 a.m.

Tuesday afternoon, the fire had scorched 500 acres as it burned west of the town of Neola.

Big Draw Fire seen from the air

No structures were threatened, according to Utah Fire Info, however, about 20-30 Neola residents chose to evacuate Monday night based on possible fire spread.

By Tuesday afternoon, all residents returned to their homes.

A large air tanker has been ordered to fight the wildfire, while over a dozen engines and one bulldozer have already been assigned.

Big Draw Fire

Windy conditions are ahead of a cold front that is forecast to drop temperatures overnight and bring frost conditions to the Wasatch back.

As firefighting efforts continue Tuesday, a hotshot crew, T2 initial attack crew and additional aircraft have been ordered.

Officials said the cool and mild conditions would likely assist in quickly extinguishing the fire Tuesday.

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