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Crews working to control rapidly spreading Utah County fire

Published June 1, 2012 7:48 am

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Crews were fighting to contain a fast-moving fire west of Utah Lake that had burned about 200 acres in one hour Thursday evening.

The fire was sparked a few miles south of Saratoga Springs along State Road 68 around 4:45 p.m., said Jason Curry, public information officer for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. He said the fire was human-caused, and that officials were in contact with several people who were shooting at targets in the area and saw the fire spark.

Curry said they had 120 personnel fighting the blaze Thursday night, and planned to have several people work through the night to monitor the fire. The fire grew rapidly through Thursday evening, and Curry said they believe the fire had reached past 200 acres at 9 p.m., but an accurate estimate couldn't be made because of smoke in the area.

No homes or structures had been threatened as of Thursday evening. Curry said the closest buildings were about three-quarters of a mile away, but weren't in jeopardy.Smoke blew across SR68 Thursday evening, which may have played a part in two accidents in the area. Minor injuries were reported.

Jessica Miller