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Evacuations lifted in Springville, Mapleton, Hobble Creek Canyon as crews work to contain wildfire

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Sep 07, 2020

UPDATE: All evacuations have been lifted.
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UTAH COUNTY — Homes are being evacuated as a wildfire near Mapleton and Springville spreads quickly due to strong winds.

The "Ether Hollow Fire" was sparked by target shooters, state wildfire officials have determined. It began shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday and was estimated at 1,000 acres.

As of 9:45 p.m., all of Hobble Creek Canyon was evacuated, as well as some areas of Mapleton and Springville. A total of 211 homes have been evacuated.

Evacuation centers have been set up at the Mapleton City Hall and at 495 S. Canyon Road in Springville.

The fire is burning on the mountainside on both sides of the canyon. Crews' main goal is establishing a control line between the fire and the threatened homes. Even stronger winds are expected later Monday night, making containment efforts difficult combined with steep, dry terrain.

This is the second major fire in two days started by target shooting in Utah; the first was the "William Fire" burning near Santaquin.

This story and will be updated as more information becomes available.