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WIND MAKES RANGE FIRE HARD TO CONTAIN

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A range fire, still fueled by swirling winds, had ravaged more than 2,000 acres of sagebrush, oak brush and June grass by early Wednesday near 3200 West and 15400 South.

Sixty firefighters battled the blaze most of Tuesday. The fire was pretty well controlled early Tuesday but flared up again Tuesday afternoon and about 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, said Assistant Chief Steve Wanless of the Bluffdale Fire Department."The winds have changed directions several times - making it a difficult fire to contain," a spokeswoman at the Valley Communications Center said Tuesday night.

The spokeswoman said engines and tanker trucks from Salt Lake County, South Salt Lake, Midvale, West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Murray, Draper, Bluffdale and Camp Williams responded to the fire.

When the blaze flared up Tuesday afternoon, it jumped an irrigation ditch, crossed a dirt road and at times threatened homes near the area. But firefighters and wind shifts prevented the fire from coming near any buildings, the spokeswoman said.

Wanless said Bluffdale volunteer firefighters remained on the scene Tuesday. When the fire flared up, the crews could not contain the blaze and called for assistance from other departments, he said.

Wanless said the cause of the blaze is not known. But he said a Salt Lake County deputy sheriff saw a pickup truck leaving the hillside area about the time the fire broke out around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Landfill fire

Meanwhile, Salt Lake City Fire Department rotated units to stand by at a fire at the Salt Lake City-County Landfill, 6030 W. 1300 South, from 7:30 p.m. Tuesday until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

That fire caused large columns of smoke to spew across the Salt Lake Valley. Salt Lake Fire Battalion Chief Rennald Egbert said firefighters were dispatched to the scene to protect bulldozer operators in case the fire got out of control.

He said the fire probably started when smoldering materials that were hauled to the dump ignited.

Early Wednesday morning, Murray City firefighters put out a grass fire in the median of I-15 at about 4300 South.