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Wildfire updates: Utah firefighters make quick work of dozens of fires

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SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of wildfires have been sparked in the past four days, but Utah fire officials say they're nearly all contained.

In a tweet Thursday night, officials said there "have been 40 wildfires reported to Utah's interagency wildfire dispatch centers (13 today)" and, thanks to the hard work of various firefighting agencies, "nearly all of them have been fully suppressed."


A couple of those fires — a 50-100 acre blaze near Saratoga Springs a 75-acre fire near Lincoln Beach at Utah Lake — started and were knocked down Thursday, fire officials said.

Also Thursday, a U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said officials believe target shooting is to blame for a fire that sparked near Thistle Junction Wednesday afternoon.

Updates to those and other wildfires can be found in the blog below.

Contributing: Carter Williams,; Emerson Oligschlaeger, Mehul Asher, KSL; Sean Moody, KSL TV

Thursday, 10:51pm

Long Hollow Fire at 60% containment, officials say

Thursday, 03:54pm

Saratoga Springs fire 'knocked down,' officials say

Thursday, 02:31pm

Fire near Thistle caused by target shooters, officials say

Thursday, 02:01pm

New fire sparks near Saratoga Springs

Thursday, 09:41am

Crews contain fire near Lincoln Beach

Thursday, 09:41am

Skull Flat Fire (near Beaver) remains 50% contained

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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.
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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