Farmington Residents Return Home

Farmington Residents Return Home

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(Farmington-AP) -- Residents living near the Farmington Canyon wildfire have been told it's OK to return to their homes this morning.

They were rousted late last night when flames approached within a few hundred yards of some dwellings. No damage was reported, but skies were very smoky in the canyon, just north of Salt Lake City.

Farmington Residents Return Home

The fire has burned more than 600 acres. Winds shifted this morning and pushed the fire back upon itself -- and away from populated areas.

Local fire crews got assistance from federal firefighting crews today.

Farmington Residents Return Home

It's still not clear when the blaze will be contained. But investigators say it is clear how this fire got started.

Farmington Residents Return Home

A 33-year-old transient is in jail awaiting arson charges. He reportedly told police that he's got nowhere to go -- and lit the fire on purpose so he would be sent to prison.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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