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The Clay Springs Fire » had topped 88,000 acres, a growth of nearly 20,000 acres overnight, due primarily to "burn-out" operations along Highway 82 conducted to control and contain the flames that have periodically threatened the communities of Oak City and Fool Creek, said Interagency Fire Center spokeswoman Kate Kramer.
"We’ve had some action," she said, "but things are looking pretty good this morning."
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Fireworks restrictions were extended Friday to all unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County and county-owned parks and golf courses, which had been exempted from earlier restrictions. Fireworks already were banned in the foothills and canyons surrounding the valley above Wasatch Boulevard on the east bench and west of State Road 111 on the west bench.
Interior Secretary on 4th of July fire safety:
To further address the severity of current wildland fire activity across the western states, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have directed federal land managers to take additional measures to help reduce the risks of new wildfires.
Building on existing federal and state policies designed to decrease the likelihood of accidental fires, the joint memorandum directs federal land managers to prohibit the personal use of fireworks on lands managed by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming until July 8, 2012.
These local managers will also enforce additional fire restrictions or public land closures as appropriate for the 4th of July holiday and heighten law enforcement and fire prevention patrols in critical areas to ensure that all applicable restrictions are enforced.
For more information on preventing wildfires, http://www.nifc.gov.”
The fire was 15 percent contained and no evacuations were in place Saturday. Earlier, one cabin and three Oak City maintenance buildings had burned — and two Oak City volunteer firefighters who were seriously burned Wednesday were reportedly recovering at the Intermountain Burn Center in Salt Lake City.
The Seeley Fire » which topped 20,300 acres, was still burning uncontrolled but away from any homes in Emery County’s Huntington Canyon and Gentry Mountain, 15 miles northwest of Huntington.
The Church Camp Fire » was 35 percent contained and had burned more than 5,900 acres about 22 miles south of Duchesne. More than 500 firefighters, along with several water- and fire-retardant-bearing helicopters, were fighting to keep the flames away from homes, though the blaze had earlier claimed 18 structures. Fire information officer Don Jakes said crews had conducted successful "back burns" along the fire’s northern and southern perimeters overnight.
The New Harmony Fire » near Zion National Park became 100 percent contained Saturday evening after blackening nearly 2,000 acres. All evacuations had been lifted for the fire, which had destroyed seven homes or trailers, 22 other buildings and an unknown number of vehicles.
The Pole Creek Fire » was 60 percent contained, having charred about 2,000 acres eight miles north of Neola in Duchesne County. It was not threatening homes.
The Wolf Den Fire » was burning in a remote part of Duchesne County, about 35 miles southeast of Vernal. It had scorched 8,000 acres but had not destroyed any homes as of Saturday afternoon. Crews were monitoring the blaze and dousing hot spots that might threaten the scattered oil and natural gas sites in the area.
Jessica Miller contributed to this report.
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