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Evacuations underway after 'Canal Fire' in Millard County escapes containment, threatens homes

Posted at 3:37 PM, Jun 28, 2020

MILLARD COUNTY, Utah — A day after fire crews gained full containment on a fire in Millard County, authorities said Sunday it broke containment and began threatening homes.

The "Canal Fire" started Friday evening near Oak City and was 100 percent contained at 450 acres on Saturday. By Sunday night, officials estimated that it had burned tens of thousands of acres due to "extreme fire behavior."

Evacuations were ordered for Fool Creek and Leamington Sunday afternoon, according to a tweet from Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and confirmed to FOX 13 by state wildfire authorities.

State route 132 has been closed west of Nephi, and U.S. Highway 6 may also be closed in the area affected, officials said.

Region 8 of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which encompasses Utah, later tweeted that federal funds were authorized to be used on the Canal Fire, as well as the "Knolls Fire," which forced thousands to evacuate and caused Saratoga Springs to declare a state of local emergency.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.