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Fire Contained, Helped Local Economy

Fire Contained, Helped Local Economy

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ENTERPRISE, Utah (AP) -- A massive fire burning in southwestern Utah is giving businesses in the area an economic boost.

Business owners from Cedar City to St. George say they've gotten an unexpected surge in business recently. The 35-thousand-acre Hawkins Fire was fully contained on Friday and cost about one-point-eight (m) million dollars to fight.

But firefighters renting heavy equipment, a place to set up a command post, and buying food and other supplies helped to pump about 20-thousand dollars directly into the area's economy.

It took more than seven-hundred firefighters more than nine-days to fight the blaze.

The fire was caused by lightning.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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