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All Parleys Canyon Fire evacuees allowed to return home Tuesday night

Parleys Canyon Evacuations
Posted at 9:34 AM, Aug 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-17 22:49:15-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — All residents who were evacuated due to the Parleys Canyon Fire were allowed to return to their homes Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

Earlier Tuesday, it was expected that most evacuees would not be able to return until Thursday. However, state wildfire officials said the rain Tuesday evening helped firefighting efforts, and the fire is now 41 percent contained at 541 acres.

They had been away since Saturday afternoon shortly after the fire broke out. They had a chance to return briefly Sunday and collect important belongings they left behind.

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Fire officials said the fire's behavior was minimal Monday, which also allowed crews to increase containment. Thunderstorm warnings brought the possibility of increased wildfire danger Tuesday evening, but the rain ultimately helped the conditions instead.

The National Weather Service also issued a Flash Flood Watch for a large part of the state. The potential for an inch or more of rain is possible, meaning flash floods may occur.

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Flash Flood Warning 8-17

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 80 is down to just one lane, while westbound lanes are fully open.