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Nearly 2,000-acre fire in Utah County 50% contained

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Updated - Jun. 6, 2020 at 8:19 p.m. | Posted - Jun. 5, 2020 at 7:28 p.m.



GOSHEN, Utah County — Rain is helping contain a wildfire burning southwest of Goshen.

The wildfire had doubled to about 1,000 acres on Saturday morning, then nearly doubled again later, state and federal fire officials reported through Utah Fire Info.

The blaze, dubbed the Elberta Fire, was estimated to be several hundred acres when it was first reported Friday night. By 6 a.m. Saturday, the fire was estimated to be 1,000 acres and then grew to just under 2,000 acres in the afternoon.

As of 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the fire was 50% contained with the help of rain throughout the day. It is now considered a "Type 4" fire, according to fire officials.

Utah Fire Info tweeted two engines and two crews remain assigned to the incident.

Firefighters on scene experienced wind gusts up to 50 mph and higher. "Firefighters have been making good progress despite challenging winds," they wrote.

The blaze had closed both directions of U.S. 6 about 3 miles west of Elberta as of 7:24 p.m. Friday, the Utah Department of Transportation reported, but dispatchers said the road was reopened by Saturday morning.

According to Utah County Sheriff’s Office, no structures were threatened Friday night. The initial call came in about 6 p.m. and the cause of the fire wasn't immediately released.

Lauren Bennett

KSL Weather Forecast