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Here's the latest on various wildfires burning in Utah.
Farmington • The most recent mapping of the Shepard Fire in Farmington measures the size at 80 acres, down from a previous estimate of 130 acres. The fire was 75 percent contained on Saturday evening, said Kim Osborn, with the National Forest Service.
The blaze broke out Friday evening near 1500 North on Compton Road. The fire came close to one house, Osborn said, but then turned away and moved up a hill through grass and sagebrush.
Homes in the area had cleared "defensible space" in case of a wildfire, which made firefighters' job easier, Osborn said.
Eight engines and four air tankers were on the scene Saturday, along with several dozen firefighters from South Davis Metro Fire, Layton, Farmington, the Forest Service and the state.
On Saturday morning, state fire officials wrote on Twitter a drone was flying over the fire. "Drones are illegal to fly over wildfires," officials wrote. "If you fly, we can't."
The cause of the blaze was not known Saturday.
Strawberry Reservoir • Fire officials also reported a 25-acre fire near Strawberry Reservoir on Saturday evening. The fire was reported by an aircraft at 4 p.m., said Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands spokesman Jason Curry. Six homes are threatened, said Wasatch County fire Lt. Janet Carson, and five residents were evacuated Saturday evening. Firefighters were working to create defensible space around the homes Saturday evening, Carson said.
One "outbuilding" meaning a shed or a similar structure was destroyed Saturday, Curry said.
By Saturday evening, there was no containment, but fire activity had calmed down, he said.
American Fork Canyon • Fire crews were battling a brush fire in the foothills at the mouth of American Fork Canyon on Saturday evening. The fire, which was first reported at 4:20 p.m., had burned about 200 acres as of Saturday evening, said Lone Peak Battalion Chief Danny Campbell.
The fire was started by a campfire that wasn't completely extinguished, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock.
No structures have been lost, and the fire is going up the mountain and into the canyon, which is closed, Campbell said. Crews from Lone Peak, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lehi, Utah County fire and the Forest Service battled the blaze from the ground, according to Campbell, who added a helicopter was on scene and more air support was en route.
Stansbury Island • Fire officials confirmed a 20-acre fire burned on Stansbury Island Saturday evening. The fire, reported at 7:30 p.m., was likely human-caused, said Tooele County Fire Warden Dan Walton.
It was boxed in on three sides, Walton said, and crews had the fire contained by 10 p.m. using two single-engine air tankers and three engines.
Midway • A fire that started Friday afternoon when an ATV crashed and rolled was 75 percent contained Saturday evening, confirmed Carson, who said firefighters hoped to have the fire completely under control Sunday.
The wildfire burned 30 acres in Pole Canyon, near Soldier Hollow Golf Course, Carson said. No structures were threatened by the fire, as it burned away from houses and the golf course at 3 p.m.
Beaver • A fire estimated at 5 acres burned sagebrush and grass against the east side of Interstate 15, just south of Beaver, on Saturday afternoon. The fire was human-caused, and reported just after 3 p.m., according to Bureau of Land Management spokesman Nick Howell.
Smoke is blowing across I-15, but the freeway hasn't been closed, Howell said.
Crews from the state, Beaver and the BLM are fighting the blaze with air tankers and from the ground, he said.
"The crews are making pretty good progress," Howell said. "It looks like they're going to catch it."
Lincoln Beach • The wildfire near Spanish Fork that had started Friday afternoon had burned an estimated 2,200 acres and was 50 percent contained by Saturday night.
The fire was reported at 2 p.m. and burned dry grass at Lincoln Beach, Curry said. Crews used an aircraft and a single-engine tanker to fight the flames, which burned near but didn't damage the West Mountain Observatory, Curry said. A steady wind fanned the fire, he said.
Officials are investigating the cause, but they believe the fire may have been sparked by someone burning something in the area, Curry said.
Lincoln Beach is on the western edge of Utah Lake.