As rain-laden thunderstorms rolled over the region, firefighters worked Wednesday to hem in two northern Utah wildfires that had burned nearly 2,300 acres along the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains.
The largest of the blazes, the 1,680-acre Red Ledges Wildfire, reportedly had slowed its growth to a smoldering crawl. Fire Information Officer Kim Osborn said about 300 firefighters, aided by water-bearing helicopters and fire-retardant dumping air tankers, were battling the human-caused blaze that began Sunday.
Cooler weather and rising humidity that came with the mid-week storm system was helping the effort. The fire was 80 percent contained and evacuations of 20 cabins had been lifted, though portions of the Diamond Fork Recreation Area remained closed to the public.