- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Fire authorities say they’re lifting the last of the evacuation orders near a southern Utah wildfire as crews get a handle on the blaze that once drove 1,500 people from their homes.

The area was reopened Wednesday night, more than three weeks after many people with cabins and homes there were forced to leave.

The 112-square-mile (290 square kilometer) blaze near of the ski town of Brian Head was 85 percent contained. People were evacuated from Brian Head in June and allowed back after about two weeks.

Crews are still putting out hotspots and improving fire lines around the fire as well as putting down new seeds to begin the debilitation process.

The wildfire was started June 17 by a man burning a pile of weeds.



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