Grass Fires Keep Firefighters Busy

Grass Fires Keep Firefighters Busy

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(KSL News) -- A couple of grassfires kept Wasatch Front firefighters busy today. One fire is burning near Stockton in Tooele County tonight.

Lightning sparked the fire about 6 o'clock Thursday. About 75 acres have burned and the fire is mostly contained. Crews are fighting it from the ground and the air. Some power lines have burned... but no structures are threatened.

Another fire gave homeowners in South Salt Lake quite a scare this afternoon.

Strong winds propelled a small grassfire into a wall of flame that consumed about 40 acres before fire crews got the upper hand.

At one point flames got within about 15 feet of several homes.

Larry Trimmier: "It was just a wall of fire from the street all the way down as far as I could see up here, shooting flames probably 20 to 30 feet high."

Steve Foote, SSL Fire Chief: "Tinder dry conditions out there. People have got to help us out a little bit and be cautious with fireworks or any open flames."

Investigators don't know what sparked the fire, but they suspect it involved a human.

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