ALPINE — Firefighters continue to battle a mountainside blaze in Box Elder Canyon above this upscale burg in north Utah County.
Loyal Clark, spokeswoman for the Uinta National Forest, said 25 acres of brush and trees had been burned by dusk Friday. The fire was started by an unattended campfire at 6 a.m. Friday.
Clark said 65 firefighters called in from agencies in the Mountain West had arrived to help. Two helicopters were used throughout the day to drop water from the air.
Five air tankers from Hill Air Force Base in Ogden were ordered Friday and fire engines from local departments stood by at the base of the mountain most of the day.
As a precaution, workers cleared brush and dug trenches along the west side of the mountain to protect homes in the area. Clark said the fire was moving away from the homes.
Billowing black smoke could be seen throughout Utah Valley Friday morning, giving the appearance of a huge mountainside fire. Burning oak brush creates more smoke than usually seen in fires of similar sizes, she said.