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Fires contained in Herriman, Sanpete County; evacuations in Kane County

Published July 3, 2012 8:39 am

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Firefighters overnight reached 100 percent containment on the Wood Hollow Fire, which killed one person and burned 52 homes, and the blaze which forced evacuations in Herriman also was contained on Monday.

But fires continue burning elsewhere in Utah. In southwest Utah, the Shingle Fire had grown to 3,000 acres and forced several communities to evacuate.

The Wood Hollow Fire has been the only blaze so far to kill and has burned the most property. The fire, which burned in Sanpete County and a portion of southern Utah County, destroyed 108 structures in all.

"Last night at midnight they called it 100 percent contained," said Mark Wilkening, a spokesman for firefighters at the Wood Hollow Fire and the Shingle Fire.

Wilkening said Monday that a "mop up crew" will remain in Sanpete and Utah counties this week to extinguish smoldering trees and other fuels and ensure the Wood Hollow Fire does not reignite.

Investigators are still determining what started the Wood Hollow Fire, though they suspect metal thieves who stole a ground wire from a transformer may be to blame. The Sanpete County Sheriff's Office has not disclosed the name of the man killed in the fire.

In Herriman, firefighters have reached 100 percent containment on the Rosecrest Fire, according to a Monday Tweet from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

A car fire ignited the Rosecrest Fire on Friday and forced thousands to evacuate and destroyed four homes.

Also, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will issue a grant to pay for the cost of fighting the Rosecrest Fire.

In Kane County, near Swains Creek, which is about 30 miles southeast of Cedar City, crews were fighting the Shingle Fire in the ponderosa pines of the Dixie National Forest.

By Monday afternoon, the Shingle Fire had more than doubled to 3,000 acres during the day and was reportedly approaching State Road 14, which is closed from the Mammoth Creek Road to U.S. Highway 89.

Wind was driving the fire north and northeast and was within two miles of SR 14. Residents of Elk Ridge were under mandatory evacuation.

Wilkening had said earlier Monday that the fire was threatening about 100 cabins in Swains Creek and Stout Creek and that residents of those areas had been evacuated.

Only about 60 firefighters were combatting the blaze Monday afternoon.

"We've got resources ordered," Wilkening said. "It's just a matter of getting them. Everyone's got priority at this point."

The fire was human-caused and under investigation.

Cache County fire crews continued battling a human-caused fire in Millville Canyon that burned 109 acres and was 50 percent contained by Monday afternoon. No structures are threatened and officials expected full containment by 10 p.m.

Cache County Fire Marshal Jason Winn said the fire was started by target shooters at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Other fires in Utah:

• The Clay Springs Fire is burning in Millard County near the towns of Oak City, Leamington and Scipio. It has burned 99,671 acres and destroyed one summer home. It is 40 percent contained and 125 homes are threatened, according to the government website, UtahFireInfo.gov.

• Two fires are burning in Duchesne County. The Church Camp Fire near the Carbon County line is estimated at 5,950 acres and is 55 percent contained, according to a press release from the fire's management team. Eight miles north of Neola, the Pole Creek Fire has burned 2,028 acres and is 97 percent contained. The cause of both fires are under investigation.

• The Wolf Den Fire is burning in Uintah County near the community of Big Park and the Colorado line. It has burned about 16,000 acres and is 5 percent contained.

• The Seeley Fire has burned about 22,000 acres on the Manti La Sal National Forest in Emery County. It is 10 percent contained. Seasonal homes in and around the town of Scofield remain evacuated but full-time residents have been allowed to return.

ncarlisle@sltrib.com

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Breaking:

The Shingle Fire in southern Utah is now at 3,000 acres and is reportedly approaching within two miles of State Road 14, which is closed from Mammoth Jct. to U.S. Highway 89.