Residents evacuated early Sunday morning in Lehi and Draper as a wildfire on Traverse Mountain grew perilously close to their homes.
Draper issued the evacuation order for the Maple Hollow neighborhood at 3:14 a.m., according to the city’s Facebook page. Some 90 minutes later, 40 residents had taken shelter at Draper Park Middle School, where the Red Cross was offering assistance.
“Please note we are checking for COVID-19 symptoms,” the city noted. ”If you have symptoms, you won’t be able to come in, but can stay in the parking lot and still have supplies provided to you.”
Fox 13 reported that homes in Lehi, on the south side of the mountain, also had been evacuated.
“Those within a quarter-mile radius from Vialetto Way and Annuvolato Way, those on Spring View Lane, and the Autumn Hills area were ordered to evacuate to Skyridge High School and told to wait there in their vehicles,” the station wrote.
Those evacuees later were steered to Draper Park Middle School as well.
After 5 a.m., Draper’s Twitter page said that flames were about one mile away from the Maple Hollow neighborhood and that crews were using bulldozes to cut a firebreak.
Power outages also were affecting some 6,000 Draper homes for a few hours, though Rocky Mountain Power tweeted at 6:06 a.m. that power had been restored.
Around 6:48 a.m., Utah Fire Info tweeted that while the fire was now estimated to have spread to more than 500 acres, no structures had been lost yet.
This story will be updated.