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Numerous wildfires continue to burn Saturday amid intense heat

Published June 29, 2013 10:42 am
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Several brush fires that began Friday amid record-breaking heat continued to scorch wildlands Saturday.

Along the Wasatch Front, the Cedar Point Fire began Friday about 9:45 p.m. near Camp Williams, according to spokesman Riley Pilgram. The blaze burned a total of 5 acres but was 100 percent contained by 3 a.m. Saturday.

According to Pilgram, the fire appeared to be human-caused and crews found fireworks at the scene. He said one person had been taken into custody and was taking responsibility for the fire. Pilgram added that the fire apparently was sparked by a trespasser and was not caused by Camp Williams personnel.

The Cedar Point Fire never threatened any buildings or caused any damage, Pilgram added.

Further south in the Cove Fort area, the Antelope Fire had burned about 1,600 acres, according to interagency fire spokesman Don Carpenter. The fire began with a lightning strike and was reported at 7 p.m. Friday, Carpenter said. It was 30 percent contained as of Saturday night. The fire was not threatening any buildings and about 35 people were on scene working the blaze.

Carpenter added that there were numerous lightning strike fires across the state.

The Wildflower Fire had burned more than 400 acres north of the Simpson Mountains in Tooele County. It was burning uncontained as of Saturday night.

The Death Canyon Fire also continued to burn Saturday in the West Desert near Simpson Mountain. Lisa Reed, a BLM spokeswoman, said it was about 20 percent contained Saturday night, with 72 acres burned. Full containment was expected Sunday.

Lightning sparked the Death Canyon Fire sometime Friday evening. It was not threatening any structures and a BLM spokeswoman described its location as "pretty remote."

The Gap Fire had burned about 881 acres 20 miles north of Cedar City by Saturday afternoon. It was fully contained Saturday night. Approximately 90 people were fighting the fire Saturday.




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