Apex Fire Fully Contained

Apex Fire Fully Contained

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Apex Fire, which has been burning west of St. George for a week, was fully contained Friday.

Crews were moping up hot spots and particularly monitoring the fire's perimeter, said BLM fire information officer Dave Boyd.

The fire is the first large wildfire of the season and has burned 30,000 acres about 10 miles south of Dixie National Forest. The fire's acreage had been increased to 33,000 acres on Thursday, however with the decreased smoke it was easier to fly over the fire and get a more accurate measurement, Boyd said.

The fire was started by two 16-year-old boys, who were riding motorcycles last Saturday morning. They found and lit some matches, sparking a fire they couldn't extinguish, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department investigation.

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

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