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Fire updates: Tervels Fire nearly contained; crews make ground on fire near Kamas

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SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters on Thursday gained the upper-hand on the largest of five arson-caused fires that sparked Monday.

The Tervels Fire along I-80, about six miles north of Coalville, was 95 percent contained as of Thursday evening, according to Utah Fire Info. The fire has burned an estimated 536 acres since it started Monday afternoon.

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands officials had hoped to fully contain the fire Thursday, and will likely do so Friday.

Jason Curry, public information officer for the division said on Tuesday the fires were reported along I-80 near Saltair, near 7200 West, near I-215, near the Echo turnoff and near the Echo Reservoir within a two-hour span Monday afternoon and believed to be caused by arson.

The Tervels Fire was the largest of the five and only active one as of Friday. Wyoming officials believe the same person may have been responsible for a string of fires along I-80 in their state.

Sweetwater County Fire Warden Mike Bournazian said in a statement Thursday that five small fires were reported in the southern portion of Wyoming.

This blog will be updated throughout the day with updates about wildfires throughout the state.

Friday, 05:59pm

Pole Creek fire in Juab County determined as lightning-caused

Friday, 04:37pm

Murdock Fire (22 miles northeast of Kamas) now 80 percent contained

Friday, 11:04am

Bender Mountain Fire (burning at Utah-Colorado border) up 4,000 acres, 50 percent contained

Friday, 10:35am

An aerial view of Murdock, Slate fires

Friday, 10:00am

Bald Mountain Fire

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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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