Tooele County Fire Picks Up 600 Acres Overnight

Tooele County Fire Picks Up 600 Acres Overnight

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Amanda Butterfield reporting With temperatures approaching triple digits and the on-going drought, fire crews have their hands full battling a blaze in Tooele County.

Tooele County Fire Picks Up 600 Acres Overnight

It has burned over a thousand acres, and it only started last night around 5:00. It's burning near Dugway, about 40 miles west of Salt Lake.

Fire officials say fireworks are to blame for starting a fire in Tooele County that's burned about 800 acres since yesterday.

Bureau of Land Management officials say investigators found debris from fireworks where they believe the fire originated. Now, they're trying to find out who started it. They say witnesses noticed a truck leaving the area just before the fire started.

Fortunately, no homes or buildings are in danger.

On Sunday fire fighters had the fire held at 200 Acres. But erratic overnight winds made the blaze too dangerous to fight, so crew were pulled out.

Tooele County Fire Picks Up 600 Acres Overnight

When fire crews went back on scene this Monday morning, the blaze had grown 600 acres over night.

Over 150 crews are fighting the blaze, including three choppers and a heavy air tanker.

If all goes well, and the winds don't pick up again, the fire is expected to be contained by 10:00 tonight.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this story)

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