A weeklong lull in the wildfire season ended Tuesday when three separate fires were discovered in northern Utah.
The largest of the three is being called the Gun Range Fire and was discovered Tuesday evening on private property in the upper Ogden Valley."We're not sure of the exact cause, but it did start on or near a gun range there, so it was human caused," said Dick Kline, interagency fire spokesman. "Some of the residents near there felt pretty sure (shooters) started it, but there has been no actual follow-up investigation yet."
A broad array of firefighters and equipment from Weber County tackled the fire, which was 80 percent contained Wednesday morning after burning 640 acres.
One cabin was threatened by the fire until fire crews on bulldozers cut a line around it, Kline said.
The next largest fire broke out north and west of Rockport Reservoir in Summit County 10 miles south of Coalville.
That blaze, called the Bridge Hollow Fire, burned 150 acres on private land near the reservoir and was contained later Tuesday evening. Fire crews expected to have the fire controlled before the end of the day Wednesday.
Kline said fire officials are calling the fire human-caused but did not know the exact cause Wednesday morning.
The smallest but most active fire is burning on the Wasatch Cache National Forest west of Randolph near Six Bits Hollow. The Six Bits Fire was started by lightning, possibly several days ago, and contains 15 to 20 small spot fires burning inside a five-acre timber area, Kline said.
"We are going to send a helicopter over to do bucket drops today, but it did not grow overnight," he said.
Fire officials expect to have the fire contained later Wednesday.