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    Wildfire burns along Jordan River Parkway
    March 24th, 2008 @ 5:02pm
    Sam Penrod and Tom Callan reporting

    A fast-moving fire burned along the Jordan River Parkway in Murray this afternoon, and firefighters are calling it suspicious. Flames and smoke filled the air until firefighters got the blaze under control.

    The fire is out, and firefighters are finished mopping up.

    Around 1:30 this afternoon, our Eyewitness News photographer captured video of the flames. A teenager can be seen running through a field, and you can get a perspective of how big the flames were.

    The fire burned right along the parkway on the Jordan River, mostly in grass, brush and even some trees. It provided some tense moments for neighbors as the flames kept growing and the breeze blew toward their homes.

    Susan Greenburg said, "Just a ton of black smoke and flames. We called the fire department and they responded very quickly."

    Andrea Shepherd said, "We started smelling smoke, and fire trucks started going down our street. Actually the fire is about three houses down from mine. We were on our second-level balcony and we could see flames about 20 feet high. About that time, we grabbed our animals and were getting ready to leave."

    Another neighbor, John Black, said, "I saw the smoke going up and then came the fire trucks right in front of my house. So I ran over there and they were busy throwing the hoses out. They asked if I could help out, so I threw the cones out to block the road so cars wouldn't run over their hoses. They started stringing their hoses out and getting the fire hydrant on."

    Firefighters brought the flames under control in less than an hour, but crews spent most of the afternoon mopping up the hot spots.

    Murray firefighters got some help from nearby departments because the wind created concern that the fire could spread quickly.

    Firefighters are looking for some possible suspects who were seen in the area just before the fire, and the investigation into the cause is ongoing.

    In all, less than an acre actually burned. At no time were any homes threatened by the fire.

    Firefighters are warning that all of the moisture this winter helps the weeds to grow taller, and they expect the fire danger to be high this spring and summer.

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    Vernal Wildand Fire

    Firefighters contain blaze near Vernal
    Published: Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:53 a.m. MDT
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    VERNAL — Firefighters had things under control Wednesday, after a prescribed burn at a Uintah County wildlife refuge got out of hand when high winds rolled through the area earlier this week.
    The fire started Monday afternoon and burned more than 600 acres in the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge about 30 miles southwest of Vernal, said Cheryl Nelsen, manager of the Uinta Basin Interagency Fire Center.

    Firefighters had the flames under control by Wednesday afternoon, she said.

    The Bureau of Land Management had planned to burn 260 acres of cattail and bulrush in an area commonly used as an animal resting spot, Nelsen said. After burning one area Monday, workers had moved on to a second area when the winds changed.

    "The winds picked up and shifted, and we had a flare-up" in the first area, Nelsen said. "It was still smoldering, and it just took off."

    Winds of more than 40 mph fanned the flames, which jumped a river and began burning some cottonwood trees, she said.

    More than 600 acres of land were charred by the time firefighters got the flames under control Wednesday afternoon, she said. The fire never threatened any structures and no injuries were reported, Nelsen said.

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    Last July, the Greenville Bench Fire torched 14,600 acres of land about six miles southwest of Beaver after a BLM prescribed burn jumped its lines.
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    • #3
      Weber County Wildfire

      Winds fuel wildfire in Weber County
      April 20th, 2008 @ 9:06pm
      (KSL News) A wildfire in Weber County didn't help the air quality today.

      The Pintail Flats fire started on the edge of the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area.

      Strong winds fueled the fire and made it difficult for crews to contain.

      About five square miles were burned.

      Officials aren't sure what sparked the flames, but they do know the fire was not related to a controlled burn set by the Division of Wildlife Resources.
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      • #4
        Provo Vegetation Fire

        BRUSH FIRE -- A brush fire Friday morning burned approximately 50 acres of mostly private land before firefighters were able to put it out. Provo firefighters responded to the fire around 9 a.m. near Utah Lake off Provo Center Street.

        The fire was mainly under control after four hours with firefighters using controlled burns.

        Although the fire was under control, firefighters were working to put out hot spots well into the evening. No injuries were reported, and a cause for the fire has not been determined.
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        • #5
          Big Fire Season may be Ahead for Utah

          Big wildfire season may be ahead
          Jeremy Duda - DAILY HERALD
          The 2007 wildfire season was a busy one for Utah's firefighters, and 2008 could be bringing more of the same.

          According to the National Weather Service, this summer is expected to be drier than average, as was the summer of 2007. But temperatures this year are expected to be higher than last year, which could lead to a longer, more active wildfire season, according to fire weather forecaster Mike Seaman.

          "So basically we're looking at a warmer and drier summer than normal. That certainly could have an impact on the fire situation," Seaman said.

          The winter brought an increase in snowfall to Utah, and for some areas the increased precipitation will be a blessing when wildfire season begins. But according to Loyal Clark of the Uinta National Forest, the increase in moisture will likely encourage the growth of cheatgrass, a fast-burning type of grass that often fuels wildfires.

          In higher elevations, the increased cheatgrass growth will likely not be an issue once temperatures rise because there will be enough moisture left from the snowpack to ward off large wildfires. But Clark said that in lower elevation areas, such as the foothills, the high grasses could dry out, leading to larger fires.

          "We're expecting similar to what we had last year down at the lower elevation," Clark said of the upcoming wildfire season. "It could be more fires, just over a larger area."

          While last year saw a number of massive wildfires in Utah -- including the record-setting Milford Flat Fire, which burned more than 360,000 acres in central Utah -- Utah County Fire Warden Delbert Jay said the 2007 fire season was average in Utah County. The county saw several large fires early in the season, but fewer as the summer went on.

          Taller cheatgrass will provide more fuel for any wildfires that break out, Jay said. But that may not be a major issue, he said, as long as people take precautionary measures to keep fires from starting in the first place.

          "The grass is going to dry out either way," he said.

          Jay said about 50 percent of wildfires in Utah County are human-caused. The county saw a few large blazes early in the fire season, but the number of wildfires dropped significantly later in the summer. Jay attributed the drop-off to fire prevention measures.

          The U.S. Forest Service runs an annual campaign that warns people to take precautions when dealing with campfires, fireworks and other frequent causes of wildfires. Clark said the 2008 campaign will begin soon to help make people aware of wildfire conditions.

          The U.S. Forest Service may also increase staffing, patrols and other anti-wildfire efforts for the summer, she said, depending on weather conditions.

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          • #6
            Field Fire in South Salt Lake City

            Field fire put out near Jordan Parkway
            Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 12:00 p.m. MDT

            SOUTH SALT LAKE — A field fire along the Jordan Parkway took about 40 minutes for crews to put out this morning but did not seriously threaten any structures.
            About 10 a.m. a field fire was reported along the parkway near 3900 South. When fire crews arrived, the blaze was going fairly strong, said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Jay Fearnley.

            Some nearby power lines were threatened but were not damaged. About 15 field firefighters from UFA, South Salt Lake, West Valley City and Murray helped extinguish the flames.

            The cause of the fire was still being investigated Wednesday afternoon. Fearnley said there had been a couple of fires in the same area over the past week or two, and it was unknown if something had been smoldering and went undetected.
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            • #7
              Fire in Escalante

              Escalante fire grows by several hundred acres

              Last Update: 6/17 9:35 pm

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              ESCALANTE, Utah (AP) - A U.S. Forest Service official says a wildfire burning 11 miles west of Escalante grew by several hundred acres this afternoon in hot, windy conditions. More crews are being called in to help fight the blaze.

              Kenton Call with the Dixie National Forest says he hasn't heard an updated size of the fire. Earlier Tuesday, officials estimated the fire had burned about 2,250 acres, or 3.5 square miles.

              At the time, the fire was considered 20 percent contained. Full containment is expected Sunday.

              A new regional team took over management of the fire early this morning.

              There are currently eight crews, two helicopters and 12 engines working on the fire. Call said more crews are being called to the fire.

              Fire crews were expecting more "red flag" conditions Wednesday including more wind, hot temperatures and low humidity.

              The fire started Sunday morning after a vehicle caught fire.
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              • #8
                Corn Creek Fire to be contained

                Corn Creek fire to be under control by Monday
                June 18th, 2008 @ 6:02pm
                (KSL News) The Corn Creek fire burning in the Dixie National Forest could be under control by Monday.

                A vehicle fire started the blaze on Sunday outside of Escalante. Since then, close to three and a half square miles of land have burned.

                Cooler winds have helped crews gain the upper hand on the flames in the last 24 hours, and the fire is now said to be 20-percent contained.

                No structures have been destroyed by the fire, though some seasonal cabins have been threatened.
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                • #9
                  Mop-Up Conitnues on Sates First Fire of Season

                  Mop-up continues on wildfire

                  ESCALANTE — Road closures remained in effect Sunday, as fire crews continued to mop up the state's first wildfire of the season.
                  The Corn Creek fire charred 2,269 acres about 11 miles west of Escalante last week. Officials believe a car fire sparked the blaze June 15. The fire was contained Friday.

                  Forest Highway 17, also known as Main Canyon Road, and Forest Road 30144 from the junction of Allen Canyon Road to the junction of Main Canyon Road will remain closed temporarily, officials said.

                  In all, 11 state and federal agencies spent more than $1.9 million fighting the fire.
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                  • #10
                    We can always hope that you won't have to put in too many posts this season...
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                    • #11
                      Davis County Fire-Evacuations

                      Brush Fire Forces Evacuations In Davis County

                      Brush Fire Forces Evacuations In Centerville

                      (File) Fire officials are investigating what sparked a late night brush fire that forced several residents from their homes in Centerville.

                      Crews were called out to 700 East 200 South just before midnight. Crews arrived to find the field around a water storage facility on fire. Several homes were evacuated as a precaution.

                      “We had some pretty high winds initially when crews arrived that was pushing the fire pretty hard, we just wanted to make sure we kept those people out of harms way,” said Chief Jim Rampton, South Davis Metro Fire.

                      Crews were able to put out the fire in about fifteen minutes. About two acres were burned.

                      Witnesses reported seeing sparks from a power pole that may have sparked the fire.

                      Investigators are looking at surveillance video from the water storage facility to see if they can determine exactly how it started.
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                      • #12
                        Utah Firefighter Injured

                        Firefighter injured in Duchesne County
                        By Geoff Liesik
                        For the Deseret News
                        Published: Thursday, July 17, 2008 2:01 p.m. MDT
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                        ROOSEVELT — A wildland firefighter has been injured while working on the Mill Hollow Fire in Duchesne County.
                        U.S. Forest Service spokesman Louis Haynes confirmed that emergency medical crews are working to get to the injured firefighter. Haynes did not have any information on the nature of the injury, its severity, or the identity of the man.

                        "All I know is we've got one hurt and they're going up there to take care of him," Haynes told the Deseret News.

                        The Mill Hollow Fire has been burning since June 23 in the south unit of the Ashley National Forest about 15 miles north of Helper. It was sparked by a lightning strike and had grown to 533 acres by Wednesday night.

                        The Forest Service is managing the fire — which is burning largely in stands of beetle-killed Douglas fir trees — for "resource management" to reduce dangerous fuel loads in the Mill Hollow area. The blaze is also burning stands of sub-alpine fir, aspen, pinion juniper and sagebrush.

                        "It's doing good stuff out there," Haynes said. "It's low intensity; getting the beetle-kill taken care of for us so far."

                        As of Wednesday night 43 firefighters, three engine trucks, two helicopters, and one hand crew of 15 firefighters were assigned to the blaze.

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                        • #13
                          Duchesne Fire Update

                          Mill Hollow fire in Duchesne Co. expands from 533 to 668 acres
                          Published: Saturday, July 19, 2008 12:07 a.m. MDT
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                          The Mill Hollow fire burning in Duchesne County continues to expand, jumping from 533 to 668 acres on Friday.
                          U.S. Forest Service information officer Venetia Gempler said additional crews were added to manage the blaze, which is being fanned by winds and fueled by bug-killed deadfall in the area. The fire, ignited by a single lightening strike, has been burning since June 23.

                          The Mill Hollow fire is under a fire management procedure that controls a naturally ignited fire while allowing it to burn to control dangerous levels of fuel load.

                          Also, a firefighter who was airlifted to the University of Utah Medical Center on Thursday was held for observation and released Friday morning. A U.S. Forest Service statement said his injuries were not as serious as first reported on Thursday.
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                          • #14
                            Moab Fire

                            Fire chars 89 acres near Moab
                            A wildfire has scorched 89 acres of wetland in Moab.
                            The fire is fully contained but still burning. Workers were busy Thursday solidifying a 50- to 100-foot perimeter around the fire to prevent wind from pushing it any further, said Heather O'Hanlon, fire information officer for the Bureau of Land Management.

                            Lightning ignited the Slough Fire at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Officials asked for a voluntary evacuation because of potential smoke inhalation issues, O'Hanlon said.

                            "The fire made some big runs, but the smoke was a bigger issue," she said.

                            The marshy wetland is making it difficult to get to the middle of the fire to knock it down, O'Hanlon said.

                            "We're going to probably have visible smoke and flames until it gets a significant amount of rain in the middle of it," O'Hanlon said.
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                            • #15
                              Provo Y Mountain Fire

                              Fires strike Y Mountain, Provo Canyon
                              DAILY HERALD
                              All visible flames have been extinguished in two Pioneer Day fires that struck the Provo area.

                              Two people were arrested and charged with accidentally starting a fire on Y Mountain, about 200 yards south of the Y, according to Provo Fire Department Battalion Chief Tom Augustus. William James Hebda, 23, and Camille Gardner, 20, were charged with reckless burning for reportedly starting the blaze with fireworks.

                              Augustus said the fire has burned 10-20 acres on the mountain.

                              A second fire is under investigation near Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon. The fire destroyed the abandoned Bridal Veil Falls Restaurant. The U.S. Forest Service is investigating the causes of both blazes.
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