Utah fire destroys 14 homes near resort town

WANSHIP, Utah — Hundreds of firefighters are setting back fires and bulldozing lines to contain a lightning-sparked wildfire that has destroyed 14 homes near a Utah mountain resort town.

For the third day, an evacuation remains in place for residents of 250 homes considered at risk from the Rockport Fire, about 10 miles from Park City.

More than 250 firefighters have the blaze about 25 percent contained. The National Weather Service says winds were expected to remain light Thursday with a high temperature of 89 degrees around Park City.

Officials say they won’t let families return to three subdivisions until 6 p.m. Thursday at the earliest. And that may be pushed back if the fire spreads.

Summit County District Fire Warden Bryce Boyer says a 14th house was lost Wednesday, but firefighters saved 22 others from burning in the same area.


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