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Wildfire updates: Newly discovered Box Elder County fire grows; San Juan County fires hold

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - Aug 8th, 2019 @ 11:43am



SALT LAKE CITY — Crews in Juab County have gained containment on a wildfire near Mona as rainfall stalled fire growth, authorities say.

The Paint Mine Fire was 75% contained as of Thursday, according to Utah fire officials. It was last reported at 2,665 acres, according to the Bureau of Land Management West Desert District.

Crews are working to rehab the interior of the fire area, as well as repairing resource damage, officials said. The fire is currently under the jurisdiction of a federal interagency firefighting team but is expected to transition back to a local team Friday morning, officials said.

Several other wildfires continue to burn across Utah. This story will be updated if more wildfire updates become available.

Box Elder County fires

Crews in Box Elder County continue to gain ground after 30 lightning-caused wildfires sparked Sunday evening when a powerful thunderstorm moved through the area.

Most of those fires were contained as of Thursday, but fire officials discovered two new fires on Wednesday evening.

The Shelter Pass Fire had burned 8,932 acres and was 15% contained as of Thursday, according to Utahfireinfo.gov. It was discovered on Tuesday and is burning on the north end of the Hogup Mountains west of the Great Salt Lake.

The Prospect Springs Fire is located south of I-84 near Snowville. It was 607 acres and 20% contained as of Thursday.

Yesterday's fire coverage:

San Juan County fires

The Peavine Canyon and Poison Canyon fires in San Juan County have not grown in recent days, but a small new fire sparked Tuesday in the same area, fire officials said.

The Chippean Fire was reported at 12 acres as of Wednesday evening in the Abajo Mountains in southeast Utah, according to a news release from the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Its containment was not known as of Thursday morning.

The fire started when lightning struck a ponderosa pine and flames spread to fuels on the ground, the news release said.

The Peavine Canyon Fire remained at 3,904 acres and 30% contained, and the Poison Canyon Fire was 1,477 acres and 20% contained, according to the forest service.

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