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PARK VALLEY, Box Elder County — Firefighters continue to battle wildfires throughout the state on Sunday.

Lightning struck a field and started a fire in on Bureau of Land Management land south of Park Valley at about 4:08 p.m. on Saturday, according to Box Elder County spokesman Mitch Zundel.

As of 11:41 p.m. Saturday, the fire had burned 300 acres and was 10 percent contained with 40 firefighters working on the blaze, Zundel said.

This fire was close to another lightning-caused wildfire that started on Monday near the Rosebud BLM station. According to officials, that fire had burned 1,200 acres and was 100 percent contained as of Sunday.

The Cedar Hills Fire, which also started Monday, was 100 percent contained Sunday and still burning in Box Elder County, southwest of Snowville. Officials said that the fire had burned 5,000 acres.

The fire in Brian Head, which has been burning since June 17, had burned 71,571 acres and was 80 percent contained on Sunday. Over 900 personnel were still fighting that fire, according to incident commander Tony DeMasters.

Utah Fire Info reports 18 new fires have ignited in the last 36 hours.

This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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