Lightning Starts New Wildfires

Lightning Starts New Wildfires

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(KSL News/AP) The forest service is battling several fires across the state this morning.

A lightning-caused fire near the town of Mapleton has destroyed about 75 acres so far and is growing rapidly. No structures have been threatened, but crews are trying to protect some power lines at the bottom of the mountain.

Three helicopters and about 15 firefighters are battling the flames.

A fire near the Tintic Mountains northeast of Eureka has burned more than a thousand acres.

Crews have been pulled from the now-contained Hen fire to fight the blaze -- which is being spurred by high winds.

This blaze was also started by lightning, and was among 15 fires reported in northern Utah amid thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.

The fire is being fought by three hand crews, three engines aided by a watertender, an air tanker and a helicopter.

The new East Bear fire burned about 960 acres in Rich County and was 15 percent contained. It burned about 20 power poles, leaving 2,200 people without power, the Bureau of Land Management said. Six engines and a helicopter were on the fire.

And a 5,000 acre fire is keeping crews busy near Howell, Utah.

So far the East Hansel Valley Fire has destroyed a couple of out buildings. No homes are threatened and no one has been injured.

It is about 30 percent contained.

Several fire engines and bull dozers are working the fire. Crews hope to have it fully contained by tonight.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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