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31 new fires started in southern Utah Sunday

31 new fires started in southern Utah Sunday

By Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 29, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Fire crews are monitoring about three dozen new wildfires started by lightning in southern Utah.

Federal officials say 31 fires started Sunday but most are small fires in remote areas that are not growing rapidly or posing significant threats to property. Many of the fires are north of Cedar City.

More than 200 firefighters are already in the area because of previously burning fires near the Utah-Arizona border.

The Plateau Fire has burned more than 4,400 acres about 10 miles south of Bloomington, Utah. The fire is visible to residents but not threatening populated areas.

The Scenic Complex Fire has burned about 700 acres in the remote Arizona strip, which is just south of the Utah border and east of Nevada.

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