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Human-caused Saddle Fire in Midway reaches 80% containment, has burned 683 acres

By Lauren Bennett, | Updated - May 15, 2020 at 7:33 p.m. | Posted - May 12, 2020 at 4:11 p.m.

MIDWAY — The Saddle Fire, a human-caused wildfire burning near Midway, is 683 acres in size and is 80% contained as of Friday afternoon, according to fire officials.

The fire increased 200 acres from Tuesday night to 630 acres on Wednesday morning before its rate of increase was slowed.

Fire officials transitioned to a smaller firefighting team Friday morning. Two crews will be assigned to the fire after that, as well as two engines and a helicopter, officials said.

A juvenile was apprehended in connection to the wildfire on Tuesday. Authorities said the juvenile was apprehended in connection to the recent fires near the Interlaken and Pine Canyon areas, north of Midway.

Authorities believe the juvenile in custody worked alone. They ask anyone with information on the fires to call the county’s tip line at 435-654-WSCO.

The fire is the fourth blaze in the area within a week and forced the precautionary evacuation of some homes in Wasatch County, although fire officials said no structures were threatened. Nine homes were evacuated as a precaution.

As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the evacuation order was lifted and people were allowed to return to their homes, fire officials said.

The Saddle Fire was 20% contained on Wednesday. Officials said there were 150 personnel fighting the fire, and they were to be supported by aircraft and two more crews later in the day.

In a news release, the Utah Department of Natural Resources said firefighters battled erratic winds, steep terrain and limited access as they attempt to contain the fire.

Tuesday's fire was originally reported to be 5-6 acres; it then grew to 75 acres and was reported at 100 acres at 4:15 p.m. By 7:45 p.m., the fire had grown to 200 acres.

The fire forced the closures of Wasatch Mountain State Park and the Dutch Hollow Trail System, as well as The Phosphate and The Face trails, officials said Wednesday.

Contributing: Graham Dudley and Jacob Klopfenstein,

Lauren Bennett

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