SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC4 News) – The city of Saratoga Springs is under a local emergency after approximately 13,000 people were evacuated from their homes due to the Knolls Fire burning on Lake Mountain. The wind is causing major problems for the 200 firefighters fighting it on the ground. Around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, crews had to shut down air operations as they dealt with nearly 60 mile-per-hour winds.
“Aircraft is a big part of the puzzle,” said Jason Curry, Utah Division of Forestry Spokesman. “Without them, it does limit what we can do. With gusts like that the fire behavior is extreme. The fire spread is really, really fast.”
“The Mountain here is called Lake Mountain,” said Curry. “The fire originated along the shore of Utah Lake called The Knolls. That’s probably about six to eight miles from here.”
Just a few hours later, mass evacuations we’re underway from multiple neighborhoods including the Lake Mountain Estates and Pelican Bay.