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Utah crews hemming in stubborn Taylor Mountain Road Wildfire
Cause still undetermined » Blaze has scorched 3,126 acres since Saturday.
First Published Jul 09 2014 07:54 am • Last Updated Jul 10 2014 09:52 am

Eastern Utah’s Taylor Mountain Road Fire was 75 percent contained as Wednesday dawned, and crews hoped by Thursday night to complete digging lines around the blaze that had scorched 3,126 acres.

About 250 firefighters, backed up by helicopter and air tanker support, battled the fire of still-undetermined origin.

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"It’s looking really good out there today. We’re probably looking at another day or so" before crews can begin to be released from the fire.

The flames erupted last Saturday in grass, brush and trees about 10 miles north of Vernal. In its first couple days, the fire destroyed two summer homes and a permanent residence, but no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, crews were mopping hot spots at the 761-acre Greek Peak Fire, 15 miles southwest of Enterprise in the Dixie National Forest.

Crews also continued to dash from one small lightning-sparked blaze to another. Fire Information Officer Joe Harris said the Color Country Dispatch area, of which Dixie is a large part, has recorded thousands of lightning strikes this week as thunderstorms continue to hover over the region.

More than 50 of those fires, most of less than an acre in size, have been doused.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims




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