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Firefighters battling Utah wildfires

Published July 29, 2012 11:20 pm

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Three wildfires continued to burn uncontained Sunday in Utah.

The Dallas Canyon Fire, which was burning out of control in the Cedar Mountain wilderness, was quickly growing in size, fire officials said.

By Sunday night it had consumed about 15,000 acres since lightning sparked it Friday.

The fire was about 15 percent contained and was burning vegetation as it burned northward in the direction of Interstate 80, officials said.

It was not causing any evacuations, closures or threatening any structures Sunday, but officials said it was threatening the habitats of sage grouse, wild burros and pronghorns as well as raptor nesting grounds and animal grazing lands.

Also Sunday, firefighters reported they were battling the Track fire, which was burning east of the Dallas Canyon fire. But no additional details were immediately available.

Yet another fire broke out Sunday along the Utah-Nevada border; the Ibapah Fire had burned 300 acres south of Wendover, fire officials said. The cause was unknown.

The Slate Jack fire, which had burned about 400 acres near the Utah, Juab and Tooele county lines, broke out Saturday, but authorities weren't yet sure what sparked it. It was contained Sunday night.

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