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Wildfire updates: Box Elder County crews working to contain lightning-caused fires

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Posted - Aug 6th, 2019 @ 1:58pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Crews in Box Elder County have contained most of the 31 fires that started Sunday evening when a powerful lightning storm moved through the area, but seven fires have yet to be contained, authorities say.

The two largest, the Russell and Curlew Flat fires, were both 30% contained as of Tuesday, according to a news release from Utah Division of Fires, Forestry and State Lands spokesman Jason Curry.

The Russell Fire, located northwest of Promontory near the shore of the Great Salt Lake, grew to 5,590 acres as of Tuesday, officials said. The fire is threatening a nearby natural gas pipeline.

The Curlew Flat Fire, located just south of state Route 30 about 12 miles west of Snowville, is 4,332 acres as of Tuesday.

The Hogup West Fire, located on the west side of the Great Salt Lake, was measured at 400 acres and 90% contained as of Tuesday. The Bovine Fire, located south of the Park Valley area west of state Route 30, was 240 acres and 60% contained as of Tuesday.

Yesterday's fire coverage:

Three other fires, 10 acres each, are 0% contained Tuesday.

Several other fires continue to burn across Utah. This story will be updated throughout the afternoon with the latest wildfire information.

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