Cottonwood Heights Fire destroys over 15 acres

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Fire crews work to put out a brush fire Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Unified Fire Authority Capt. Dan Brown says the fire moved away from homes Tuesday afternoon and officials felt it was safe enough for residents to return after dozens of homes were evacuated. (Associated Press)
Fire crews work to put out a brush fire Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Unified Fire Authority Capt. Dan Brown says the fire moved away from homes Tuesday afternoon and officials felt it was safe enough for residents to return after dozens of homes were evacuated. (Associated Press)

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Thirty homes were evacuated late Tuesday morning due to a massive fire that broke out near Cottonwood Heights.

The official name for the fire is Quail Hollow.

The fire was reported at 10:13 a.m. near Wasatch Blvd.

Approximately 90 firefighters, 30 fire trucks, two Blackhawk helicopters and a firefighting plane are currently on the scene. the aggressive fire has burned up to 15 acres.

Local fire department personnel have struggled to contain the fire due to rugged terrain, hot temperatures and canyon winds.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction over the fire to provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations.

Fire crews have halted the spreading flames and are hoping to have the fire extinguished by 10 p.m.

A temporary shelter was established at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Creek Road for the evacuated homeowners.

No injuries have been reported so far, and one building was damaged at 1 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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