Utah Fire Destroys 13 Homes Near Resort Town

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) -- Utah fire officials say a wildfire that has already burned 13 homes near a mountain resort town continues to spread as wind gusts fan the blaze.

Fire official Mike Eriksson said Wednesday afternoon at a news conference that no more homes have been burned. But, he says it's highly unlikely people will be able to return Wednesday to their evacuated homes.

The fire is still only 25 percent contained. It has grown to 2,000 acres, or about 3 square miles.

Eriksson says about 250 homes northeast of Park City remain in danger.

One additional home nearly burned Wednesday, but was saved.

Steady winds stoked the fire Wednesday afternoon, sending large clouds of brownish-black smoke into the sky. Helicopters and a large plane dropped fire retardant on the blaze.

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