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Baboon Fire flares up again in Beaver County

Published July 20, 2012 2:32 pm

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Though the Baboon Fire was declared contained four days ago, flames sprang up again Friday and burned an additional 200 acres of land.

The lightning-sparked fire originally blackened over 19,000 acres in Beaver County after it began July 13. Officials say they aren't sure if Friday's flames ignited from smoldering embers or if a new fire in the same area.

"We don't know if it was the original Baboon Fire flaring up again, or what the deal is," said Nick Howell, information officer with the Bureau of Land Management.Howell said Friday's fire sparked around 11:30 a.m., and by 2 p.m. the flames had spread across 200 acres and was rapidly moving south.

Highway 130 has been closed because of the fire. Howell said no structures have been threatened.jmiller@sltrib.com

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