Big Pole Fire 55 percent contained

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TOOELE COUNTY -- The wildfire considered the top priority in Utah is now about 55 percent contained.

The weekend's cooler weather helped crews fighting the Big Pole Fire in Tooele County and more than a dozen other wildfires throughout Utah.

The BLM's Brenyn Lohmoelder said, "With these lower temperatures and higher humidities, we're not seeing as much active flame."

The Big Pole Fire has burned more than 44,000 acres since lightning started it Wednesday night. Crews from states as far away as Delaware and Pennsylvania helped Utah crews look for hot spots and build fire breaks to protect ranches from the flames.

One ranch burned, but crews say they don't believe any others are threatened.

Settlement Canyon

All roads and recreational trails in the Settlement Canyon area of Tooele County will reopen Monday morning.

Crews fully contained a blaze that scorched 147 acres there. Fire officials still are urging the public to be careful, as some residual hot spots remain.

Around the state, 14 other fires continue to burn. This year's total amount of land burned is nearly 193,000 acres.

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