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Firefighters mopping up Utah's biggest blazes

Published July 2, 2013 9:54 am

Wildflower Fire • Crews declare 1,600-acre wildfire 75 percent contained.
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Lightning ignited a new wildfire Tuesday evening near Minersville in Beaver County.

The Black Mountain Fire began about 5 p.m., 3 miles southeast of Minersville, Bureau of Land Management spokesman Nick Howell wrote in a news release.

The fire was estimated to be 750 acres and is threatening one cabin, Howell wrote. It has forced the closure of Maple Springs, Black Mountain and Camel Hollow roads.

About 60 firefighters were tasked to the fire, along with several engines and aircraft.

In Millard County, crews expected to contain the 5,450-acre Antelope Fire west of Cove Fort on Wednesday. BLM spokesman Don Carpenter said the blaze, the largest of the current wildfires burning in Utah, had been 90 percent contained by Tuesday.

About 60 firefighters were mopping up the Antelope Fire on Tuesday, down from the nearly 200 personnel who battled the blaze over the weekend.

Still out of control Tuesday was the 1,600-acre Wildflower Fire in the Simpson Mountains of Tooele County. However, after the blaze had more than tripled in size on Monday, there was little more growth and 270 firefighters and four water-bearing helicopters had declared it 75 percent contained Tuesday.