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Utah wildfire destroys 13 homes

WANSHIP, Utah — A wildfire threatened hundreds of homes on Wednesday after destroying more than a dozen others outside the resort town of Park City.

The lightning-sparked blaze was among several in the West where fires have devoured dry grass and brush and burned to the edges of small communities.

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Shifting winds in Utah pushed the fire toward homes in a 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 began near a populated area and quickly grew to more than 1,200 acres, or nearly 2 square miles. Flames flared Wednesday with rising temperatures and winds.

‘‘We had a lightning strike and within 20 minutes it was up to about 20 acres and it just shot up the hill,’’ said Kevin Callahan, the county’s emergency manager.

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