Fire Threatens Murray Home and Nature Center

Fire Threatens Murray Home and Nature Center

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(Murray-AP) -- Firefighters got a handle on a wildfire in Murray, but not before it threatened a nature center and a few homes.

It happened yesterday around 11 a-m.

Murray fire officials say a grass fire was started by a spark from a construction crew, but as fire crews put that fire out, wind gusts sparked a second fire.

Fire officials say at one point, the fire came within 10 feet of the Murray Nature Center and about 50 yards from houses along the north end of the Jordan River.

The fire quickly spread to between 30 and 40 acres before fire crews from Murray, Salt Lake County and Midvale could put it out.

Fire officials say this early season wildfire shows just how dry the ground already is.

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

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