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5,000-acre fire burns near Delta

5,000-acre fire burns near Delta


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MILLARD COUNTY — A fire is quickly approaching housing units in Millard County.

The fire started around 1:00 p.m. Friday and is quickly growing as a result of high winds in Central Utah, moving toward the communities of Lynndyl and Leamington.

Gary Bishop of the Bureau of Land Management said the fire is approximately 5,000 acres and is difficult to contain because of the hot and dry conditions.

"Because the conditions are so hot and so dry, and the wind is blowing so hard, this fire is posing some control problems and is moving rapidly towards the north," Bishop said.

The cause of the fire is unknown. One volunteer fire fighter said the fire may have started from a cigarette or fireworks tossed along highway 50 near Delta.

No evacuations have been ordered at this time, but as the fire continues to move toward nearby cabins and homes, an evacuation may be ordered. Fire crews are moving their operations to the north end to try to contain the fire.

They are working to push the path of the fire into marsh land. One home was surrounded by smoke and flames but crews were able to soak the grass and save the home.

Fire crews are limited, with many agencies responding to the so-called Dump Fire near Saratoga Springs, which continues to burn near homes.

More information about this fire will be posted when it becomes available.

Contributing: Stephanie Grimes


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