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Crews battle wildfires throughout Utah

Published June 14, 2013 7:03 am

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High winds and dry conditions led to multiple fires around Utah on Thursday.

Crews fought back a brush fire in Provo that began with an electrical wire that was damaged in high winds. The brush fire near 2751 North and 175 East was under control about 9 p.m. No buildings had been burned, dispatchers said, but some fences had caught fire. Gusts over 40 mph were reported around Provo, according to the National Weather Service.

Above the Fox Hollow subdivision of Saratoga Springs, another fire had burned 20 to 25 acres as of 10 p.m. on Lake Mountain. Crews contained the fire as of 10:30 p.m. Winds in Saratoga Springs gusted as fast as 68 mph on Thursday.

Other fires broke out in central and southern Utah. In Carbon County, the Rock Creek fire had burned 110 acres about 15 miles east of East Carbon, said Heather McLean, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. Crews also were battling a fire near Desolation Canyon on the Green River; the size of that fire was not known.

The Lackey Sand fire had burned about 18 acres and was growing near La Sal in San Juan County, McLean said. Three other smaller fires were reported in San Juan County, McLean said. Crews were headed to the Butts Point fire, which had burned 1 to 3 acres on the south side of the Abajo Range in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, McLean said.