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Firefighters are keeping busy as wildfires continue to burn across parts of Utah. Crews worked all weekend to try to contain several good-sized wildfires. They'll be back at it again today.

These fires aren't as big as last year's, but they're still a headache to deal with, especially for the forest service. It has dealt with four fires burning at the same time, and it really got difficult allocating resources. That's been an obstacle with the Spring Lake fire near Payson.

Loyal Clark of the U.S. Forest Service said, "We have our hands full, and because our resources are so short, the personnel that have been assigned to the fire have been here since it started."

That fire is about 50 percent contained this morning. Crews from Nevada helped fight that fire yesterday. It has burned about 700 acres. Payson Canyon reopened Sunday evening.

A fire that started on July 24 flared up again last night, burning another five acres. The Bridal Veil Falls fire was human-caused and ripped through an old restaurant.

The forest service is monitoring the fire this morning to see what needs to be done. It says helicopters will definitely be used, maybe even a heavy air tanker.

The Little Bald Mountain fire near Grantsville is still burning. It's burned 531 acres so far and is at least 25 percent contained. It was started by lightning on Friday. Until further notice, South Willow Canyon, North Willow Canyon and Box Elder Canyon are closed.

Another fire started yesterday near Liberty because of a car crash that sparked brush. It spread six acres to a farm, burning a horse trailer, a garage and a car.

In Duchesne County, crews have contained the Wagstaff fire, eight miles east of Tabiona. The blaze has burned 425 acres since Friday afternoon. Fire officials say lightning started that fire.

E-mail: ngonzales@ksl.com

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