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Southern Utah wildfire threatening 10 structures, including home

By lindsay whitehurst

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 10 2012 12:01 pm • Last Updated Aug 11 2012 07:03 am

Crews on Saturday were battling to hem in several fires sparked by thunderstorms throughout the state.

A lightning-sparked fire in southern Utah threatened 10 structures, one of them a home.

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The approximately 900-acre blaze started about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and is located near the D.I. Ranch, about 25 miles west of St. George, according to fire authorities. About 65 firefighters, plus engines and air tankers, were fighting the fire as it burned cheatgrass and brush. Friday night it was 75 percent contained.

The buildings, nine of which are outbuildings, sheds and stables, are about a mile away from the flames. No one was evacuated.

Two other fires were ignited by thunderstorms passing through the state on Friday.

The Little Pine Fire started Friday morning about five miles southwest of Enterprise. It had burned through 1,000 acres and was zero percent contained.

The West Twin Peak Fire was ignited by lightning Friday at about 5 p.m. somewhere between Milford and the west desert in central Utah. The fire has burned 1,500 acres and was also zero percent contained.

Meanwhile, firefighters took control over another Washington County fire. Authorities reported the 2,450-acre West Mountain Fire was 100 percent contained Friday morning.

The Pyramid 2 fire has burned 60 acres was almost contained at 90 percent.

Moving north, crews also gained on the Pinyon Wildfire on the Utah National Guard’s Camp Williams. The 5,771-acre blaze, which drove Eagle Mountain residents from their homes earlier this week and put Herriman on standby after it jumped containment lines Wednesday, was 60 percent contained as of Friday night.


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"We’re hoping some rain will come on it," said fire spokesman Kim Osborn on Friday.

Rain and cooler temperatures are also expected to help at the Faust Fire in Tooele County. In an effort to fight the fire quicker and keep the public safe, all public land and Bureau of Land Management roads near the fire were closed to the public on Friday. The 22,313-acre fire was 60 percent containment Friday, and most of the burning was concentrated inside containment lines, said fire spokesman Cami Lee.

"It’s looking very good," she said.



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