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More Progress Made on Wildfires

More Progress Made on Wildfires

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Progress continued Wednesday in efforts to contain the large wildfires burning in Utah.

Back burning to eliminate flammable vegetation was conducted on the east side of the Salt Creek fire, which has scorched more than 33 square miles in central Utah since July 19. Increased humidity has helped curb the fire's advance. It had not grown significantly in almost two days, said Michael Johnson, a fire spokesman.

The fire, about 85 miles south of Salt Lake City, was 25 percent contained.

Residents of Oaker Hills, Indian Ridge and Elk Ridge remain evacuated. There are about 36 primary residences in the affected areas, according to the Sanpete County sheriff's office.

Buildings in Indianola and Fountain Green still were threatened, but no evacuation orders were issued.

In southwestern Utah, control of a fire burning in and around Zion National Park was being transferred to a local firefighting unit. The Dakota Hills fire has burned about 9,156 acres, or more than 14 square miles, and was 80 percent contained, said David Eaker, a park spokesman. Rain and higher humidity had helped suppress the fire, so crews and other resources were being transferred to higher priority fires, he said.

In northwestern Utah, a wildfire that has burned more than 155,000 acres in Utah and Nevada was again being monitored separately from nearby fires in Nevada and Idaho. The 240-square-mile Winecup fire near Grouse Creek in Box Elder County was 60 percent contained Wednesday.

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

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