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Wildfire burns near Eagle Point Resort in Beaver County

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Sep 21, 2020

BEAVER COUNTY, Utah — A wildfire forced evacuations in Beaver County Monday night.

The "3 Creeks Fire," located along State Route 153, started around 5 p.m. and was estimated at 60 acres on Tuesday. State wildfire officials said it was ignited in a "fuels treatement area," including slash piles of dead and downed trees.

Eagle Point Ski Resort was evacuated initially, and later Monday evening the Big John Flat area was added to the evacuation along with "surrounding communities," which were not specified.

The evacuations were lifted and residents were allowed to return home Tuesday afternoon.

S.R.-153 was closed from Kent's Lake Turnoff to Puffer Lake on Monday, and on Tuesday the closure was reduced to S.R.-153 from Big John’s Flat road to Puffer Lake.

The fire's exact cause is not yet known, although authorities have said it was human-caused.

The latest updates on this fire will be provided on Twitter at the @UtahWildfire account.