- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Officials say a wildfire encroaching on homes in the Tooele County town of Stockton has overtaken 400-500 acres.

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands spokesman Jason Curry says he believes no homes have been destroyed.

He says the fire has burned part of a water tower. Officials are warning Stockton residents not to use tap water.

Crews are evacuating houses as strong winds propel the blaze near the 600-resident town about 45 minutes southwest of Salt Lake City.

An emergency shelter in Tooele has opened at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 253 S. 200 East.

Officials do not know what caused the fire to break out Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service reports winds in the area were reaching 18 miles per hour Wednesday.


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