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WELDING TORCH BLAMED FOR BLAZE AT COVE FORT

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Federal officials said a 2,200-acre fire in central Utah last week was sparked by a welding torch.

A Las Vegas sign company was erecting a sign near the Cove Fort area on I-70 when sparks allegedly ignited nearby vegetation, said Bert Hart, fire information officer for the Bureau of Land Management in Richfield.High winds and hot temperatures caused the fire to spread rapidly as 150 firefighters spent four days containing the blaze on BLM land in Millard County. A small crew is still monitoring hot spots in the area of the fire.