HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) — Signs of new life are appearing in part of northeastern Utah where a wildfire that torched more than 100 square miles a year ago.
As for wildlife, most animals didn’t leave the area during the fire, and those that did quickly came back.
The blaze started July 1 about 8 miles (13 kilometers) southwest of Duchesne, and destroyed more than 70 homes as it burned for more than a month. People living in the area have also had to deal with floods last year, and worry they could return.
“It really devastated a lot of the homes that were left,” said Duchesne County Commissioner Greg Todd. There are homes that are still not occupied due to flooding, he said.
Still, he’s optimistic about the new growth he’s seen so far.
“We’ve been tickled to see what’s up there,” Todd said.
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