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BLAZE THREATENS HOMES ON OGDEN’S EAST BENCH

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A wildfire threatened several homes along Ogden's east bench early Tuesday before crews halted encroaching flames.

The 100-acre blaze, which officials said was human-caused, started about 3 a.m. in Ogden Canyon. Flames came within 150 yards of many residences and were battled by scores of firefighters from local and county fire agencies."The fire did not reach any structures, but, for a while, there were some nervous homeowners," said Salt Lake Interagency Fire spokesman Dick Klien.

Helicopters made several water drops and a retardant-laden air tanker was on standby at Hill Air Force Base.

By late Tuesday morning, the fire was burning oak brush and grass in a rocky section of Ogden Canyon. "That should allow us to create a fire line," said Klien.

No structures were being threatened.

The blaze offered quite a light show for morning commuters along I-15 near Ogden. Flames could be seen from several points, and smoke drifted across the freeway.

Police took several people found in the area where the fire started into custody for questioning.

"It's common for people to go to some of the spots and start little fires," said Klien.

Lightning is being blamed for the 100-acre Sara fire west of the Little Sahara Recreation Center.

The fire started about 1:30 p.m. Monday and is burning pinyon, juniper and sage, said fire information officer Bert Hart.

Meanwhile, crews have contained the Paiute fire burning near 14 miles north of St. George. Firefighters cut a line around the 1,000-acre blaze before beginning mop-up duties Monday.

One 20-member crew and a water-dropping helicopter remained on the scene, while others went home.