3 Utah wildfires corraled, Seeley Fire to be contained Monday
Published: July 16, 2012 07:38AM
Updated: October 30, 2012 11:32PM
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Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune Firefighters are stationed near the Stuart Guard Station in Huntington Canyon on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, to protect the historic building from the Seeley Fire burning in the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

It’s burned 48,038 acres in a national forest and along a scenic byway, but the Seeley Fire’s days — make that day — is numbered.

The blaze was expected to be contained on Monday. A lightning strike ignited the Seeley Fire June 26 on the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Emery County. Since then the fire burned up Huntington Canyon and into Sanpete County scarring the landscape on a designated scenic byway, State Road 31. The Seeley Fire has not destroyed any homes.

Weekend rain and humidity has aided Utah firefighters.

That moisture was credited for helping to halt the Lake Canyon Fire, which was burning 20 miles southwest of Duchesne. The fire, started by lightning on Friday, reached 85 acres in size but was 100 percent contained on Monday afternoon.

The Baboon Fire was fully contained Sunday evening. It ignited Thursday near Enoch and spread toward Minersville, burning 19,032 acres.

A tweet from the website Utahfireinfo.gov on Sunday said three other fires had been contained: the Dizzy Rock Fire, the North Lucky 7 Fire and the Red Butte Fire.

The Dizzy Rock Fire, which burned west of the Sanpete County town of Wales in Maple Canyon, was estimated at 30 acres. That fire began Thursday afternoon, but its cause remained under investigation.

The North Lucky 7 Fire at last report had burned 574 acres 5 miles west of Etna.

The Red Butte Fir burned 1,167 acres within 2 miles of Grouse Creek.

The 4,358-acre Rhyolite Fire, on the east side of the Pilot Mountains also was projected for full containment sometime Sunday.

In Tooele County, the lightning-ignited Flood Canyon Fire was expected to be contained Monday after burning about 720 acres on the western slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains.

Other active Utah fires •

• A series of now-combined wildfires continued to burn on tens of thousands of acres just south of the Utah-Arizona border. The Hobble Complex Fire, about 35 miles south of St. George in the Arizona Strip, had topped 35,000 acres; the Plateau Fire, 30 miles farther south in Arizona, had burned more than 4,500 acres.

• The 16,865-acre Wolf Den Fire, also sparked by lightning, was expected to be fully contained on Aug. 1.