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Wildfire Near Enterprise Only 5% Contained

Wildfire Near Enterprise Only 5% Contained

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ENTERPRISE, Utah (AP) -- Authorities said Monday they would divert fire fighting resources to the Hawkins Fire after reaching their management goals of the nearby Pine Park Fire in southwestern Utah.

The Hawkins Fire had burned more than 34,370 acres and was 5 percent contained Monday, said David Boyd with the Bureau of Land Management.

The Pine Park fire, located three miles to the west, had burned nearly 4,500 acres and was 70 percent contained. Both fires were started by lightning Wednesday night.

Crews planned to burn the south side of the Hawkins Fire on Monday to form a perimeter, and Boyd said weather conditions also should allow firefighters to directly attack the western front of the fire.

Firefighters overnight were able to complete a small burn out operation before moist conditions from Sunday rains prevented the fuels from burning completely.

Residents of eight homes evacuated Saturday have been allowed to return home. The road leading to the Enterprise Reservoir remains closed because of the fire.

Strong winds fanned the 33,410-acre Hawkins fire to within a mile of the farming community of Enterprise on the edge of Dixie National Forest on Saturday, but backfires stopped its advance

About 250 firefighters, seven helicopters, two single-engine air tankers and 15 engines were fighting the Hawkins Fire.

The Pine Park Fire originally was burning in an area that had been planned to be burned away, and only on Sunday did firefighters start to attack hot spots.

Boyd said it would continue to be monitored by air on Monday.

Also in northern Utah, officials said the Red Bull fire located eight miles east of Spanish Fork, was 10 percent contained Monday. The fire had burned 1,781 acres in Spanish Fork Canyon.

A half-inch of rain fell on the fire Sunday, helping crews to fight the blaze.

The fire is burning north of U.S. Highway 6 between Long Hollow and Sheep Creek, and south of Teat Mountain.

Highway 6 remained open, but officials urged motorists to slow down to accommodate the safety of 356 firefighters on scene.

Heavy traffic, steep and rocky terrain and power lines continued to pose hazards for firefighters.

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

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