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Wildfire near Camp Williams gun range burns about 200 acres, 100% contained

By Carter Williams, | Updated - Jul. 14, 2019 at 7:40 p.m. | Posted - Jul. 14, 2019 at 12:32 p.m.

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CAMP WILLIAMS — More than 60 Utah National Guard personnel and two helicopters are at the scene of a wildfire that sparked near a gun range at Camp Williams Sunday morning, officials said.

The fire, dubbed the Oak Springs Fire, was first reported about 11 a.m., according to Utah National Guard Major D.J. Gibb. At around 6:30 p.m. the National Guard reported that the fire was 100% contained.

In a statement, Gibb said it began near the camp's .50-caliber gun range during a training exercise and that fire danger was deemed low at the time of the training. He added Unified Fire Authority crews were at the scene at the time of the training and "responded immediately."

The National Guard announced in a tweet just after 4:30 p.m. there are "no active flames" after the fire scorched approximately 200 acres.

In addition to the two helicopters, about 20 ground vehicles were deployed to the scene. Unified Fire Authority also had crews dispatched to assist in firefighting efforts, Gibbs said.

The Oak Springs Fire the second fire to start in the area in less than a week. Last Monday, crews knocked out a 10-acre brush fire that started near Camp Williams and the National Security Agency Data Center in Bluffdale. That fire was believed to have started from a construction project west of Redwood Road.

Contributing: Jen Riess,


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