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Southern Utah wildfires continue to burn, 1 nears containment

Southern Utah wildfires continue to burn, 1 nears containment


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SALT LAKE CITY — Wildfires continued to burn Friday in southern Utah, with one nearing containment and two others remaining difficult to fight.

Box Creek Fire

The Box Creek Fire, burning about five miles northwest of Greenwich had burned more than 2,000 acres as of Friday afternoon.

The fire has been 20 percent contained, according to authorities. There is no estimate on when it will be fully contained.

The national weather service has issued a Red Flag Warning until 10 p.m. Saturday for high winds and low humidity.

A map of temporary road closures in the area is available.

Lost Lake Fire

The Lost Lake Fire has grown to 1,900 acres west of Capitol Reef National Park and Fishlake, and authorities are trying to get more control over it before high winds forecasted Friday.

National Forest officials said Friday the fire is burning southwest of Teasdale in steep, rugged terrain and is 10 percent contained. Some evacuations in the Birch Creek residential area are still in effect.

Several roads in the area have been closed while firefighters battle the blaze, which started Sunday. Its cause remains under investigation.

More than 400 people are involved in the firefighting effort.

White Rock Fire

The White Rock Fire burning on the Utah-Nevada border is now 90 percent contained and should be fully contained by Saturday, according to fire officials.

Great Basin Incident Management Team officials said efforts Friday at the White Rock Fire will focus on mop-up and rehabilitating the fire line.

Officials have been able to cut back on staff needed to fight the fire, which has burned 6,251 acres.

Authorities said the wildfire was sparked Friday night by lightning on the eastern edge of Nevada's Lincoln County. It's burning in steep, rugged terrain and spread into Utah.

Two pilots from Boise, Idaho, were killed Sunday when their firefighting aircraft crashed during a mission to drop retardant on the blaze.

Contributing:Stephanie Grimes

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