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Multiple fires in Utah County caused by gunfire

By Benjamin Wood | Posted - Jul. 10, 2011 at 8:06 p.m.

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UTAH COUNTY — Three separate fires, likely caused by gunfire, were contained Sunday in areas around Utah County.

Officials from the Bureau of Land Management said the fires did not cause injuries or structural damage.

Two fires were located within five miles of each other, near mile posts 20 and 16 in Saratoga Springs, and burned approximately 6 acres, BLM fire investigator Erin Darboven said.

A third fire required helicopter assistance and burned 25 acres in Fairfield near the border of Utah and Tooele counties.

Fire crews were aided by rainstorms that arrived in the area and put the finishing touches on containment.

"They could have been a lot larger," Darboven said, "but fortunately we got some rain. A lot of it."

All of the fires are believed to be human caused and resulting from target shooting, although officials are still investigating the specific events that led to the different incidents. Darboven said conditions were very dry and would have taken little more than a spark to ignite the brush.

"Target shooting and fuels like this, just one tiny spark started up a wildfire," Darboven said.


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