An army of firefighters, spearheaded by a specially trained "hot shot" crew, completely contained a wildfire Friday night that had blackened about 1,390 acres of western Utah desert range and desert lands.
Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said that shortly after dawn Friday nearly 100 firefighters began work to halt the spread of flames and complete containment lines around the blaze, which was burning in grass, sagebrush, pinyon pine and juniper in Tooele County. By 9:30 p.m. Curry said that crews had reached 100 percent containment.
Curry estimated the blaze, dubbed the "73 Fire," had scorched up to 1,000 acres by mid-day Friday, roughly twice the acreage reported on Thursday. A GPS-mapping of the blaze late Friday nailed down the acreage total to 1,390.