Wildfire burning north of Panguitch Lake

Wildfire burning north of Panguitch Lake

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- A wildfire started by lighting in the Dixie National Forest is clearing out mixed vegetation that could fuel more fires in the future.

The U.S. Forest Service says it is allowing the fire to continue burning surface fuels and conifer vegetation that has been encroaching on the aspen and sagebrush in the area 3 miles north of Panguitch Lake.

The fire started last Thursday and was up to 3 acres on Tuesday.

The Forest Service plans to monitor the fire and control it as needed.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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