Two brush fires that charred some 12,000 acres in southeastern and western Utah have been contained, but fire officials say another blaze has ignited near Richfield.
The most stubborn fire, burning in Willow Basin along the Colorado border in southeastern Utah, was contained Friday night, according to officials at the Moab Interagency Fire Center. It consumed 4,200 acres of ponderosa pine and oak brush since last Tuesday.A 7,000-acre grass and brush fire burning near Davis Mountain in western Utah's Skull Valley also was contained Friday afternoon, said officials at the Salt Lake Interagency Fire Center.
Meanwhile, some 20 local firefighters were on the scene of an 840-acre fire just north of the Little Sahara Recreation Area, said Richfield Interagency Fire spokesman Kevin Greenhalgh.
The fire, reported just after noon Friday, is burning on private land contained within the McIntyre Ranch, he said.
Four engines, a water-tender and a bulldozer were on the scene. No outside agency firefighters were involved Saturday morning, and Greenhalgh said officials intended to have the blaze contained by Saturday evening.
At its peak, nearly 500 firefighters and support crew from three states were fighting the Willow Basin fire, which was in rugged terrain on mostly private land. More than 1,000 acres in the Manti-La Sal National Forest also burned.
Incident commander Keith Birch said he expected the fire to be fully controlled by Saturday afternoon, although crews would remain on the scene putting out hot spots.
Several roads in the area will remain closed for the time being, officials said.
The blaze remained under investigation, although officials suspect it was man-caused.