Dollar Ridge wildfire swells to 30,000 acres; officials confirm 'loss of structures'

Fire grows to an estimated 30,000 acres

WASATCH COUNTY (News4Utah) Fire crews ordered evacuations of areas surrounding the Dollar Ridge wildfire Monday as it swelled to a "remarkable" 30,000 acres. 

In a briefing Tuesday morning, officials announced the fire had been upgraded to a Type 1 incident, meaning it's a top priority for crews. Tuesday, officials said the cause of the blaze was unknown, although they know human activity is to blame. 

The fire started four and a half miles southeast of Strawberry Reservoir Sunday afternoon.

By Monday morning, the fire was 6,000 acres but swelled to 30,000 acres by the evening hours. Officials say the fire is aggressively burning onto national forest land. On Sunday up to 10 cabins in Wasatch County were evacuated.

Monday afternoon fire crews ordered additional evacuations at the Camelot Resort and cabins down river along Strawberry Gorge:

Beginning at the Wasatch-Duchesne County line headed east along the Currant Creek Stream to the Lower Red Creek Road, south on the Lower Red Creek Road to the Strawberry Pinnacles Junction, continuing south from the Strawberry Pinnacles Junction on the Avintaquin Canyon Road to the junction of Horse Ridge Road, south on Horse Ridge Road to the Reservation Ridge Road.

Pinion Ridge and areas south of U.S. 40 were also ordered to evacuate. 

"Violation of this evacuation order is a violation of state law punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of $1,000. Any violations will be strictly enforced," officials with Duchesne County Sheriff's Office said.

The Utah Red Cross set up a shelter site for evacuated residents at the Fruitland LDS church. 

This is a developing story. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 


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