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WINDS SPREAD MOAB FIRE TO COVER 2,200 ACRES

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Erratic wind conditions, high temperatures and low humidity helped spread the Willow Basin wildfire, 25 miles southeast of Moab, to 2,200 acres as of Thursday.

Fire officials expect to contain the fire by Saturday and control it by Sunday, said Steve Till, fire information officer.Firefighters from Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado and Utah are fighting the blaze, which started Tuesday. The fire is burning in a ponderosa pine, oak brush and pinyon-juniper range area, comprising private land and part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, near the Utah-Colorado border west of Buckeye Reservoir.

Fire information officer Reed Irwin said crews assume the fire was caused by humans because there was no reported lightning in the area.

Till said earlier estimates of 2,500 acres were too high because dense smoke hindered sight. Officials downsized their estimate Wednesday morning to 800 acres. But later they discovered the fire had spread to 2,200 acres.