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Wildfires update: Milford Flat fire contained after scorching 363,000-plus acres

Published July 16, 2007 2:51 pm

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Updated: 2:57 PM- CEDAR CITY - The largest wildfire in Utah history is completely contained.

Jim Springer, fire information officer with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, this afternoon that the Milford Flat blaze, which scorched more than 363,000 acres or roughly 550 square miles in Beaver and Millard counties since lightning sparked it July 6, probably will be turned over to a smaller management team by Tuesday.

The Neola North fire, which started June 29, was more than 80 percent contained today. Officials are discussing whether to let the rest of the blaze burn to clear out undergrowth and downed timber in forest lands.

The Mathis fire in Carbon County also was 100 percent contained and the Greenville Bench fire, in Beaver County was 83 percent contained.

Springer said red flags are up for Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures are expected to climb with low relative humidity.