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SALT LAKE CITY — Two major wildfires burning along the Utah-Nevada border in Box Elder County have burned together to form a single 100,000-acre blaze, fire officials say.

Nevada's China Jim Fire and the Goose Creek Fire combined Sunday evening, forming a fire that measures roughly 156 square miles and is threatening houses in nearby Grouse Creek, Box Elder County.

Meanwhile, Utah Highway Patrol officials say a brush fire sparked by a semitruck crash on I-84 in Weber Canyon burned over an acre of grass and blocked traffic Sunday afternoon.

At least five other wildfires were also burning throughout the state Sunday afternoon.

Saturday's fire coverage:

Stay tuned for the latest fire updates. This story will be updated throughout the day.


Editor's Note: The name of the southern-most fire on the Utah-Nevada border has been corrected to the Goose Creek Fire.

Sunday, 11:26pm

Weber Canyon Fire doused quickly, officials say

Sunday, 09:43pm

Officials say Middle Canyon Fire (eastern Tooele County) is human-caused

Sunday, 09:12pm

Grouse Creek residents urged to evacuate as fires merge, approach

Sunday, 07:46pm

Utah-Nevada border fires combine to form 100K-acre blaze

Sunday, 05:57pm

Tipped semitruck sparks fire in Weber Canyon

Sunday, 05:54pm

2 wildfires burning along Utah-Nevada border (near Box Elder County)

Sunday, 10:57am

State Route 30 reopens after China Jim Fire activity closed both directions

Sunday, 09:13am

Middle Canyon Fire (eastern Tooele County) is 5 percent contained

Sunday, 08:28am

State Route 30 closed near Utah-Nevada border (in Box Elder County) due to China Jim Fire


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Jordan Ormond is a deputy news director at She joined in 2007 as a web producer and spent many years selecting, writing and editing news stories particularly important to Utah readers. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in broadcast journalism.


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