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Wildfire on Dugway Proving Ground tops 5,000 acres
Containment at 70 percent » Fire, believed to be human-caused, started Saturday.
First Published Jun 09 2014 07:04 am • Last Updated Jun 09 2014 09:38 pm

A wildfire on western Utah’s Dugway Proving Ground was fully contained Monday afternoon.

Fire Information Officer Jason Curry said the 5,000-acre Rough Haul Fire began Saturday afternoon. It is believed to be human-caused, but specifics were under investigation.

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Firefighting efforts were hindered by the presence of unexploded artillery rounds and bombs on the Army’s remote, desert installation 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

Water- and fire-retardant bearing helicopters have been used to douse suspect areas rather than risking ground personnel.

No injuries had been reported among the approximately 130 firefighters assigned to the blaze.

No structures were imperiled, as the fire was burning in unpopulated expanses of juniper and cheat grass.

Dugway Proving Ground covers 801,505 acres of the Great Salt Lake Desert, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges.

Founded in 1942, the sprawling site has been used to test biological and chemical weapons defense as well as to train Reserve and National Guard units and Army special forces and for Air Force flight tests.


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