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Eastern Utah wildfire containment expected by Sunday

First Published Jul 10 2014 08:37 am • Last Updated Jul 11 2014 11:19 am

Crews expect to complete containment of eastern Utah’s 3,126-acre Taylor Mountain Road Fire sometime Sunday.

Fire Information Officer Kelsey Birchell said the fire was 80 percent contained as Thursday dawned. Crews were confident enough to begin demobilizing some of their 250 firefighters and airborne personnel who had been battling the blaze.

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The fire began last Saturday, initially racing through tinder-dry grass, brush and trees about 10 miles north of Vernal. In its first couple days, flames destroyed two summer homes and a permanent residence, but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Meanwhile, Bureau of Land Management firefighters had dug containment lines around roughly a quarter of the 450-acre, lightning-sparked Middle Bench Fire, which was burning across the Utah-Arizona border, about 70 miles southwest of St. George.

Fire Information Officer Rachel Tueller said crews had to be shuttled by helicopter to the remote site in the Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness.

No injuries had been reported and no structures had been lost.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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