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Update on wildfires burning in Utah

Update on wildfires burning in Utah

(Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands via Twitter)

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SALT LAKE CITY — With more hot and dry conditions over the past week, more fires were reported in Utah, though many of those didn’t turn into full-blown wildfires.

For example, three different brush fires broke out Wednesday afternoon across Salt Lake, Utah and Tooele counties. One new wildfire, the Monviso Fire, broke out the following day near the Utah-Wyoming border.

Here are updates on the current wildfires burning in Utah:

Monviso Fire

Day started: June 21

Size: 65 acres

Containment: 45 percent

The fire burning near Evanston, Wyoming, currently has 145 personnel, including three hotshot teams, four engines and three helicopters dispatched to the area. Officials said on Sunday that they believe the fire was likely caused by a campfire on a private property in the area.

Trail Mountain Fire

Day started: June 4

Size: 17,697 acres

Containment: 79 percent

Crews have been able to make significant gains on the fire over the past week, as now nearly 80 percent of the fire is contained as of Monday afternoon, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The gains made have allowed nearly half of the personnel to assigned to the fire last week to return home.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, there are now currently 334 personnel assigned to it. Six helicopters and 18 engines were still assigned to it on Monday. The Matheson Type 3 Incident Management team assumed control of it Monday.

Horse Canyon Trailhead, Indian Creek Campground, Little Bear Campground, Lower Little Bear Campground, and Riverside Campsite at Manti-La Sal National Forest remain closed heading into the week.

Saul’s Canyon Fire

Day started: May 14

Size: 200 acres

Containment: 0 percent

The fire, which was started by lightning, is located on Sanpitch Mountain west of Wales in Sanpete County. It flared up further again June 14, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The fire continues to be monitored by officials.

Willow Creek Fire

Day started: June 6

Size: 1,311 acres

Containment: 77 percent

Utah’s Type 3 Incident Management team shifted reigns of the firefighting operations to the U.S. Forest Service Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Heber-Kamas Ranger District on June 18, according to the forest service. That came after the fire appeared to have stalled for a few days. Since then, it has only burned a little less than a dozen more acres over the past week.

The fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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