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Fires continue to rage as weekend approaches

By KSL.com | Posted - Jun. 29, 2012 at 7:12 a.m.


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An update on the fires, which continue to burn around the state.

Wood Hollow Fire

The largest is the Wood Hollow Fire, which has burned approximately 46,000 acres. Firefighters are making progress on it and the blaze is now about 25 percent contained.

Highway 89 is open and evacuations have been lifted for areas east of the fire. Evacuations are still in place, however, for the communities of Indian Ridge, Birdseye, Elkridge, and Oaker Hills.

Clay Springs Fire

This fire burning East of Delta has burned about 45,000 acres. Crews have been able to set up a containment line on about 50 percent of the fire. The town of Oak City was evacuated, but families were able to return to their homes Thursday.

Seeley Fire

Evacuations are still in place for residents near the Seeley Fire, which is still raging out of control. It has grown to more than 20,000 acres. It grew by 14,000 acres yesterday alone.

Steep terrain, dry conditions and dead trees are making it difficult to fight this fire. The fire commander has ordered more resources, but those are slow to come because of all the other fires raging in the western United States.

New Harmony Fire

Fire personnel are working to secure hot spots in the Bumble Ridge Subdivision so residents can return to their homes. Strong winds caused problematic fire behavior, delaying the lifting of evacuations, but officials expect to lift the evacuations at noon Friday.

Interstate 15, Highway 144 and Old Highway 91 are open and secure. Seven structures (homes/trailers), 22 out buildings (garages/sheds), and numerous vehicles have been lost.

The fire is 70 percent contained. The cause of this fire has been confirmed as a water pump malfunction located on private land in New Harmony, Utah.

Other

The other two fires burning in Utah right now are the Pole Creek and Church Camp Fires.

Between the six fires currently burning, more than 121,000 acres have been left charred

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