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Hawkins Fire Expected to be Contained by Late Friday

Hawkins Fire Expected to be Contained by Late Friday

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ENTERPRISE, Utah (AP) -- The Hawkins Fire was expected to be fully contained by Friday night.

Firefighters were extinguishing any hot spots they found on the northwest corner of the fire Thursday, and other areas were being mopped up and monitored.

Bureau of Land Management officials said crews and equipment started to leave the fire area Thursday. More than 700 personnel helped fight the fire that burned 35,234 acres.

The Burned Area Response Team was in place, and was making plans for seeding, erosion mitigation and other rehabilitation work.

The nearby Pine Park Fire also was 90 percent contained as of late Wednesday, as it has been for days, and was only being monitored from the air.

The two blazes were started by lightning July 28 and the Pine Park Fire was burning in an area that had planned to be burned anyway. The fires were burning in pinon, juniper, oakbrush and sagebrush.

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

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