Crews scurry to douse Cow Hollow blaze, brace for more wildfires
Crews worked toward 100 percent containment of the Cow Hollow wildfire by Tuesday night, but warily watched for new smoke along southern Utah's horizons, where a "Red Flag" warning was in place.
The lightning-sparked Cow Hollow fire, which started last Friday in eastern Utah's Duchesne County, had burned nearly 300 acres of spruce and fir on rugged terrain in Ashley National Forest. The fire was still smoldering Tuesday about 10 miles south of Fruitland.
Fire Information Officer Louis Haynes said about 170 firefighters hoped to cut remaining lines around the blaze, while dousing hot spots with the aid of fire retardant-bearing air tankers and water-dumping helicopters.
However, all eyes were on tinder-dry southwestern and southcentral Utah as winds gusting to 50 mph, combined with hot temperatures and low humidity, elevated wildfire risk well into Tuesday night.