UPDATE: The Quail Fire acreage was reduced from 5,000 to 2,000 Wednesday, with 5 percent containment.
Should fireworks be banned completely this year in Utah County?
Many people think so. Check out the latest fire in Alpine Utah:
Right now the fire is about 5,000 acres. We have 20 hand crews on it right now…
500 homes evacuated tonight – nobodies going back in…
How did this fire start in the first place?
A track hoe near the rodeo grounds in Alpine City – whether it was a spark or the heat of the machine – authorities are not sure.
Blackhawk helicopters from the National Guard are ready to work.
Some were given minutes to pack their things and go.
People who were forced to evacuate are at Timberline Middle School. The community continues to offer assistance: pizza places dropping off food and relief people helping out.