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Last of Utah wildfires conquered, thanks to rain and shovel work

Published August 1, 2014 6:38 am

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Crews were packing up Thursday after having finally tamed central Utah's stubborn Levan Wildfire, an effort that took a week's grueling work by hundreds of firefighters, a fleet of water- and fire retardant-dumping aircraft and timely rainstorms.

In all, said Fire Information Officer Dorothy Harvey, the blaze about a mile south of the town of Levan consumed 4,343 acres of Juab County's steep and remote high desert and cost nearly $4 million to subdue.

"We did infrared flights overnight and no heat was found on the fire area, whatsoever," Harvey said, adding that crews also "cold trailed" the perimeter, in some cases literally feeling the blackened acreage for signs of undetected hot spots.

"We have one crew left, working to repair the Chicken Creek Road, which was washed out," Harvey added. "Other than that, though, the rains pretty much took care of it for us."

No structures were lost and only two minor firefighter injuries were reported since the fire, believed human-caused but still under investigation, began on July 24.

At its height, 500 firefighters worked to dig containment lines around the Levan Wildfire.

Also out was the Spring Canyon Fire, which burned about 140 acres a mile east of Springville.

With the dousing of the two blazes, there were no uncontained wildfires reportedly burning in Utah on Thursday morning.

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