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Parleys Canyon Fire 100% Contained

David Winegar

One week after it grew from two brush fires into a wildfire hundreds of acres in size, the Parleys Canyon Fire has been 100% contained.

Summit County announced today that fire crews achieved full containment at the end of Saturday.

“Crews and air resources have been released but fire personnel will continue to monitor the burn area,” announcements on social media read.

The county also lifted trail closures.

The fire began Saturday afternoon, August 14 near Interstate 80 between Lambs Canyon and Parleys Summit. It quickly grew to threaten homes in and force evacuations from Summit Park, Timberline and Pinebrook.

On Sunday, officials announced the fire was 619 acres and had been 10% contained. On Monday, they announced it was 539 acres and 21% contained.

With help from rain that came Tuesday, firefighters achieved 40% containment, and all evacuations were lifted. Rain continued through Tuesday night and Wednesday, and by Wednesday evening, containment was up to 80%.

On Tuesday, the peak number of fire personnel involved was 278 in seven crews, according to an update from the federal incident management team in command of the response. That included ground crews clearing the containment line and 14 firetrucks. Six helicopters and other aircraft from Utah and surrounding states also joined the fight.

An announcement Saturday said crews had achieved 90%.

Ben Lasseter reports for KPCW in Wasatch County. Before moving to Heber City, Ben worked in Manti as a general assignment newspaper reporter and editor.
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