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Utah on fire: Wildfires erupt across the state

At least five wildfires erupted across the state of Utah within 24 hours of each other, beginning on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Jeremy Harris / KUTV)

(UPDATE: 7:03 a.m. Wednesday) - According to Utah Fire Info, 27 human-caused fires have been started in Utah over the past two days.

(KUTV) -- At least five wildfires erupted across the state of Utah within 24 hours of each other, beginning on Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews were still working to contain four of them on Thursday.

Beaver County

Black Mountain Fire:

Start Date: Thursday at approximately 12:48 p.m.

Location: Highway 130, three miles south of Minersville

Fire Size: Estimated 5,988 acres on Friday (Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)

Cause: Human-caused - vehicle accident.

Closures: All roads leading into the fire will require a fire personnel escort to ensure public safety.

Structures Threatened: The fire remains in the vicinity of Minersville Town. One seasonal cabin and communications tower remains threatened.

Percent Contained: The Black Mountain Fire was 30% contained by Friday.

Fire Crews/Resources: Multiple resources from Color Country Interagency Fire reportedly responded.

Evacuations: No evacuations were ordered as of 4 p.m. Thursday

Injuries: No injuries were reported on Friday.

RELATED: Black Mountain fire grows to 4,000 acres as 'exhausted' fire crews race to contain it

Box Elder County

Rough Canyon Fire:

Start Date: Wednesday

Location: Three miles southwest of Portage City Park in Box Elder County

Fire Size: Estimated 5,142 acres as of 9 p.m. on Thursday

(Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)

Cause: Officials believe the fire was human-caused. The cause remains under investigation.

Closures: No active road closures were reported as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Structures Threatened: Structure protection was put in place for the town of Portage and three nearby unoccupied cabins.

Percent Contained: The Rough Canyon Fire was 15 percent contained as of 9 p.m. Thursday.

Fire Crews/Resources: 81 people, 4 water tenders, 10 engines, two single engine air tankers, two helicopters and 10 overhead personnel were dispatched to help contain the fire.

Evacuations: No evacuations were ordered as of 4 p.m. Thursday

Injuries: No injuries were reported as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

Smoke from the Rough Canyon Fire was visible from the Malad, Brigham City and Ogden areas, officials reported.


Washington County

West Valley Fire:

A Red Flag warning was put in effect Thursday.

Start Date: Wednesday at approximately 2:59 p.m.

Location: One mile east of Gardner Peak, three miles northeast of Pine Valley Campground.

Fire Size: The fire was estimated to have burned 7,200 acres as of 9 p.m. Thursday. (Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)

Cause: The fire investigation remains ongoing.

Closures (as of 5 p.m. Thursday):

  • Summit Trail
  • Gardner Peak from the junction with Canal Trail
  • Water Canyon Trail
  • Mill Canyon Trail
  • White Rocks Trail
  • Long Flat Trail
  • Upper Grant Ranch Trail
  • Comanche Trail
  • Anderson Valley Trail
  • Syler Springs Trail

Forest Road 011 (Grassy Valley) from Forest Road 35 to Forest Road 0411 was closed

A map of area closures was also provided by fire officials:

Structures Threatened: Approximately 10 homes on private land, near the Mill Flat Trailhead, located three to five miles from the fire.

Containment: The fire was zero percent contained as of Thursday morning.

Fire Crews/Resources: Eight Fire Engines, six hand crews, three Heavy air tankers, two heli-tankers, two helicopters, four Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and two air attack platforms were assigned. Five additional hand crews were ordered.

Evacuations: No evacuations were ordered.

Injuries: No injuries were reported.

Smoke from the West Valley Fire was visible from most of Iron and Washington Counties, officials reported. The fire was "wind-driven" throughout much of the day Thursday, and it increased significantly in size, officials said in a press release.

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Emery County

Trail Mountain Fire:

Start Date: June 6 at approximately 12 a.m.

Location: 15 miles northwest of Orangeville

Fire Size: Estimated 17,767 acres as of 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday

(Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)

Cause: The Trail Mountain Fire was a prescribed fire that officials say "escaped" due to high winds

Percent Contained: The Trail Mountain Fire was 80 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

Fire Crews/Resources: 81 people, 4 water tenders, 10 engines, two single engine air tankers, two helicopters and 10 overhead personnel were dispatched to help contain the fire.

Evacuations: No evacuations were ordered as of 10 a.m. Thursday

A Red Flag Warning was issued for the Trail Mountain Fire area with hot, dry, unstable weather conditions estimated to continue through Friday. Drivers traveling along SR 31, are asked to use caution and follow the posted speed limit, officials said. The fire had not crossed SR 31 as of Thursday at 8 p.m., state fire officials said in a tweet.


Duchesne County

Fruitland Shed Fire:

Start Date: Wednesday

Location: Two miles east of Fruitland in Duchesne County

Fire Size: Estimated 20 acres as of Thursday morning

(Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)

Cause: The fire is human-caused, however, the details about how it began are still being investigated, officials said.

Closures: No active road closures were reported as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Structures Threatened: Two permanent residences were destroyed in the fire, officials said. Seven structures total were burned.

Percent Contained: The Fruitland Shed Fire was 75 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

Evacuations: People living in the area were evacuated.

Injuries: Two people suffered smoke inhalation. One was a firefighter.

Firefighters were working Thursday toward reaching full containment. Smoky conditions were expected throughout the Uintah Basin due to a number of fires burning around the state, officials said.

RELATED: Fire near Fruitland devastates, but crews are optimistic it can be contained


Iron County

Dry Canyon Fire:

Start Date: Wednesday

Location: Parowan Canyon; Highway 143 mile marker 4

Fire Size: Estimated 23 acres as of 10 p.m., Friday.

(Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)

Cause: The fire is human-caused, however, the details about how it began are still being investigated, officials said.

Closures: No closures

Structures Threatened: No structures threatened

Percent Contained: The Dry Canyon Fire was 95 percent contained as of 10 p.m., Friday.

Evacuations: No evacuations were reported.

Injuries: No injuries were reported.


Summit County

Monviso Fire:

Start Date: June 21

Location: North slope of the Uinta Mountains south of Evanston

Fire Size: Estimated 65 acres as of Tuesday

(Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)

Cause: The fire is human-caused, however, the details about how it began are still being investigated, officials said.

Closures: No active road closures were reported as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Structures Threatened: No structures were reportedly threatened as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Percent Contained: The Monviso Fire was 95 percent contained as of Thursday.

Evacuations: No evacuations were in effect as of Tuesday, but officials advised homeowners in the Monviso subdivision to drive and park carefully and be mindful of firefighters still working in the area.

Injuries: No injuries were reported.

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