Utah fire destroys 13 homes

In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 photo, a firefighter with the Idaho City Hotshots looks for spot fires during a back burn along the Pine-Featherville Road while battling the more than 90,000-acre Elk Fire Complex near Pine, Idaho.  (AP Photo/The Times-News, Ashley Smith)
In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 photo, a firefighter with the Idaho City Hotshots looks for spot fires during a back burn along the Pine-Featherville Road while battling the more than 90,000-acre Elk Fire Complex near Pine, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Times-News, Ashley Smith)

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) — A lightning-sparked wildfire has destroyed 13 homes and threatens hundreds of others near a Utah resort town.

The blaze near Park City was among several in the West, where fires have devoured dry grass and brush and burned to the edges of small communities in several states.

Shifting winds in Utah pushed the fire toward homes in the Lake Rockport Estates subdivision about 10 miles outside Park City. It destroyed a dozen homes on Tuesday, plus another home overnight. Fire officials say it also burned 20 outbuildings and several vehicles and boats.

The fire has grown to more than 1,200 acres, or nearly 2 square miles. It is 5 percent contained. Two Black Hawk helicopters will be used to fight the fire Wednesday.

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