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2,500-ACRE BLAZE BURNING NEAR MOAB

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Hundreds of firefighters were struggling Wednesday to control a 2,500-acre blaze burning 20 miles southeast of Moab. Temperatures in the area were topping 100 degrees.

Information officer Reed Irwin said he expected to have up to 400 people fighting the fire by Wednesday afternoon. He said high winds, high temperatures and low humidity were hampering efforts to control the blaze.Smoke obscured the Grand Mesa at Grand Junction 90 miles to the northeast in Colorado.

Dave Engleman, fire management officer, said strong southwest winds were fanning the fire. He said up to 500 firefighters would be deployed by Wednesday night, and it was too soon to say when it might be controlled.

The fire broke out on private land, apparently "caused by humans," Engleman said. Some mountain cabins were threatened. He said 75 percent of the blaze was on private land and the rest on U.S. Forest Service land in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. No one has been injured, but some campers around Buckeye Reservoir were evacuated.