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Evacuations ordered for Range Fire near mouth of Provo Canyon; canyon closed

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Fire breaks out near mouth of Provo Canyon. (UDOT)

UPDATE: (5:39 a.m., Oct. 19) -- Westbound Highway 189 through Provo Canyon has a right lane closed from mile post 14, the SR-92 junction to 800 North in Orem because of the fire.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 89 are now open. SR-92 is closed in both direction between Highway 189 and Cascade Springs Drive.

(UPDATE 7:13 p.m.) -- The Range Fire has grown to 1,500 acres and is 0% contained, fire officials said Saturday evening.

In a tweet, Utah fire officials said:

Firefighters have conducted a burn out operation behind the 10-15 evacuated homes near the mouth of Provo Canyon. Provo Canyon remains closed. Traffic re-routed through SR-92.

(UPDATE 5:57 p.m.) -- Provo Canyon is now closed. Provo Fire and Rescue tweeted:

Provo Canyon is closed! Timpanogos Park is closed and being evacuated. Please avoid the area of Provo Canyon and find an alternate route home if you at in the canyon. Remember, DO NOT fly drones in the fire response area. When drones fly, air operations must be suspended."

(UPDATE 5:00 p.m.) -- The fire has now grown to 500 acres in size, and fire officials say it was human caused.

No structures threatened, but evacuations have been ordered for five to ten homes near the mouth of Provo Canyon. The investigation is ongoing.

(UPDATE 2:29 p.m.) -- The fire is now estimated to be 50 to 100 acres in size.

Two helicopters and two airplanes are assisting in battling the blaze, along with ground crews from several agencies.

(KUTV) -- A fire is burning near the mouth of Provo Canyon in Orem, according to Utah Fire Info.

The fire is being dubbed the Range Fire and it's estimated to be 15 acres in size and growing.

No structures are currently threatened.

The fire broke out near 1000 E. Cascade Drive in Orem Saturday afternoon.

Photos in the area show large plumes of smoke.

People are asked to not fly drones in the area as they interfere with firefighting efforts.

No word yet on the cause.

This is a developing story, 2News will provide updates as they happen.