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Fire on Stansbury Island prompts BLM to order land-use restrictions

Trevor Pollock, Bureau of Land Management

Fire on Stansbury Island prompts BLM to order land-use restrictions

By Jen Riess, KSL.com | Updated - May 31, 2020 at 10:12 p.m. | Posted - May 31, 2020 at 4:43 p.m.



WEST VALLEY CITY — The Bureau of Land Management has issued a fire prevention order restricting access to land near the Tabby Canyon Fire.

The Tabby Canyon Fire started Saturday at around 5 p.m. on the slopes of Stansbury Island, according to state fire officials at Utah Fire Info.

The fire had torched at least 4,157 acres and was 20% contained as of 6 p.m. Sunday. Crews were unable to fly to the fire because of high winds.

The Bureau of Land Management said the fire is "actively backing with wind and terrain-driven runs." It is burning through grass, sagebrush and Juniper on the rugged mountain terrain, but there was no immediate threat to structures.

Restricted land includes areas north of I-80 on Stansbury Island, and the Great Salt Lake to west, north and east; all in Tooele County. The order restricts public entry, target shooting, camping and unnecessary traffic.

"Property owners, grazing permit holders, and other citizens with need to access the area will be asked to coordinate with the incident commander to ensure safety," the BLM statement reads. "Fire Officials have had to ask target shooters and other public to leave the area to provide for public safety and support the emergency fire suppression operations."

One hundred thirty-five fire personnel from the BLM were responding to the fire with help from Forest Service, the State of Utah, the City of Grantsville with six fire engines, four hand crews, two helicopters one ATGS aircraft and one water tender.

The fire is believed to have been caused by an exploding target.

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