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Ridge Fire determined to be human-caused


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LAYTON — Officials believe the Ridge Fire, which briefly forced the evacuation of about 30 homes over the weekend, was human caused.

Originally, it was reported that the fire may have been caused by lightning.

"We had no lightning, whatsoever," said Uinta-Wasatch- Cache National Forests spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock.

Although investigators don't know exactly how the fire started, Pollock said all other possibilities have been looked at and discounted.

As of 10 p.m. Sunday, the fire was 100 percent contained and was expected to be fully under control by Tuesday afternoon. The fire, which started just after 6 p.m. Saturday, burned less than 50 acres. But it threatened about 30 homes that had to be temporarily evacuated.

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More firesMeanwhile, a handful other lightning-caused fires continued to burn throughout the state Monday.

The West Mountain Fire in Washington County has burned 2,400 acres on the west of of Utah Hill in Washington County since Saturday. As of 8 p.m. Monday, the fire was 50 percent contained. No structures are threatened.

The Pyramid Fire near Enterprise, Washington County, has burned 51 acres since starting just before 5 p.m. Sunday. The fire was 80 percent contained as of 7 p.m. Monday.

The Pumpkin Fire east of Spanish Fork was 40 percent contained Sunday. The fire has burned roughly 175 acres. No update was available Monday.

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