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Wildfire near Panguitch burns 2,600 acres

Wildfire near Panguitch burns 2,600 acres

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PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) -- A wildfire in southwestern Utah has burned about 2,600 acres and is considered 25 percent contained.

The Horse Valley fire southwest of Panguitch is burning mostly in conifer and aspen forest. Over the weekend, strong winds and thunderstorms complicated firefighting efforts. Fire officials say spot fires -- blazes ignited by embers swept into the wind -- continued to be a problem.

On Monday, officials said there were 280 people working on the fire.

Lightning ignited the blaze July 2 about three miles north of Panguitch Lake.

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

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