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Authorities Trying to Put Out Brush Fire in Utah County

Authorities Trying to Put Out Brush Fire in Utah County

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Authorities were trying to contain a brush fire Saturday that burned more than 200 acres in northern Utah County.

The wildfire started in the hills of Utah County north of Cedar Fort and was working its way toward Salt Lake County, although no homes were threatened Saturday afternoon.

Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the brush fire was caused by a man flying model rockets. Authorities said the investigation was continuing.

Steady, north-blowing winds were fanning the fire. A monitoring station at Interstate 15 in Alpine recorded 20-mph winds with gusts of 30 mph, said Monica Traphagan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The fires came on a day where meteorologists said temperatures could reach 100 degrees in Salt Lake and Utah counties.

Smoke from the blaze could be smelled throughout the Salt Lake Valley on Saturday afternoon and was dropping ash on some neighborhoods in Herriman.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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