Firefighters continue to make progress on three Utah wildfires
Published: June 17, 2013 07:08AM
Updated: December 7, 2013 11:33PM
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Taken Friday, June 14 at 4:45 p.m. approximately 3 miles away from Deborah Hughes' backyard. in of LaSal. Photo courtesy Deborah Hughes of LaSal, Utah.

Firefighters continue to battle three wildfires in rural Utah.

But there’s good news: After several days, fire crews are gaining ground on all three blazes.

The Rock Creek Fire, sparked by lightning, burned about 15 miles east of East Carbon City and has scarred about 181 acres of steep, rugged terrain. By Monday afternoon, the blaze was 25 percent contained.

Meanwhile, two fires burning in the Manti-La Sal National Forest continued to rage. The Dark Canyon Fire had burned 350 acres in the Dark Canyon Wilderness. It continued to grow rapidly, and a helicopter crew was monitoring its spread, fire officials said. It was about 50 percent contained Monday evening.

To the northeast, the Lackey Fan Fire continued to burn about 3 miles northwest of La Sal. A lightning strike Thursday ignited that blaze, which had burned about 904 acres as of Monday. Nearly 305 fire personnel were on scene to prevent the fire from burning toward La Sal and residences in the Browns Hole area.

Firefighters had managed to reach 60 percent containment by Monday evening.

Ashley National Forest officials also warned that from Tuesday through Thursday a very high fire danger was expected for the Uintah Basin.

The National Forest is asking everyone to be careful with campfires and if possible avoid them until Friday.

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