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Fire Burns About 400 Acres in Desolation Canyon

Fire Burns About 400 Acres in Desolation Canyon

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Firefighters are having difficulty fighting a 400-acre blaze burning on the west side of Desolation Canyon.

The Trail Canyon Fire is being fought from the air because it's burning trees at eight-thousand feet on steep, rocky mountains in Emery County.

Bureau of Land Management officials say they're using a Helitanker to drop up to 15-hundred gallons of water on the fire, but there's not much more they can do from the ground.

The fire's burning in one of the largest Wilderness Study Areas in Utah.

BLM officials they noticed the fire burning July 10 and say it could have been started by lightning. They say it's possible the fire could burn into late July.

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

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