Fire breaks out at Utah well

Utah fire: Blaze broke out midnight Tuesday

A Devon Energy-operated well in Duchesne County, Utah, caught fire at about midnight Tuesday and could take up to a week to put out, authorities said.

No injuries were reported but three nearby homes were evacuated at the wellsite, which is just over a mile north of Roosevelt, Utah, according to the Duchesne County Sheriff's office.

Drilling was just completed by Frontier Drilling at the vertical probe when the crew lost control, Devon spokesman Chip Minty told Upstream.

"It began to release oil and natural gas and ultimately ignited," he said, and the company is working on a plan to rein in the fire.

No explosions were involved, the office added.

"The area remains secured with no entry until specialists in well fires can enter the site and develop a plan to extinguish the fire and control the well," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

"Evacuations will continue throughout the day with a projection of this taking up to a week or longer to bring things back to normal."

Minty said he could not specify a timeline to resolve the fire.

See a video of the fire here.

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