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Fatal Wildfire Barely Grows; New Fire Sparked in SW Utah

Fatal Wildfire Barely Grows; New Fire Sparked in SW Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A wildfire that killed three people and destroyed a dozen homes in northeastern Utah has grown by less than 300 acres, despite gusty wind, officials said Friday.

Elsewhere, lightning started a fire that burned at least 4,000 acres, or six square miles, on the Utah-Arizona line, southwest of St. George, where temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. "Erratic winds caused the fire to quickly grow in size and remain extremely active throughout the night," the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said. "Smoke from the Black Rock Gulch fire is visible from St. George and surrounding communities."


The Neola North fire, 100 miles east of Salt Lake City, was a week-old Friday. Twelve helicopters and more than 800 firefighters were working the blaze.

It grew to 42,465 acres, or 66.3 square miles, from 42,184 acres. Fire containment remained at 50 percent. "The hard work of the crews paid off as containment lines held as winds gusted up to 30 mph," the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said.

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

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