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Fire Update Around Utah

Fire Update Around Utah

Posted - Jul. 12, 2003 at 10:47 p.m.



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KSL NewsThere is some good news for firefighters and residents of Farmington today. The wildfire burning in the hills above them is now about 45 percent contained. And the fire continues to head East away from homes or cabins.

A separate wildfire in Utah county has grown to about 123 acres tonight. This one is burning on Lake Mountain. It started this afternoon on BLM land.

No homes are threatened, but crews are trying to keep the flames away from some power lines. About 50 firefighters are on the scene. They're getting some help from the air in the form of an air tanker and helicopter, which were working the Farmington fire.

Teresa Rigby, BLM Fire Information Officer: “They came over and helped us because that one is already big. It’s already gone, so if they can keep this one from turning into a Farmington, then that’s for the better.”

The fire is about 30 percent contained. They hope is to have it under control sometime Sunday. That fire too is human-caused and an investigation is underway.

Also, a grass fire erupted today in Salt Lake City. Fire crews say the blaze destroyed about three acres, but threatened no structures. It took them about half an hour to get it under control.

Investigators aren't sure about the cause, but think it may be from someone tossing a cigarette.

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