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Fires blaze across state

Holladay, Scipio fires continue to burn uncontained

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A wildfire near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon remained out of control Monday morning as firefighters from California prepared to join crews fighting steep terrain and scorching temperatures in order to keep the flames from burning nearby homes.

The California firefighters were brought in Monday to help lighten the load of local crews for the many wildfires along the Wasatch Front, Salt Lake Interagency fire spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock said.

Crews are expected to have the fire contained by Wednesday afternoon.

The fire had claimed 300 acres and was into some rocky areas where ground crews couldn't remain effective. Firefighters turned efforts to the sky as helicopters and airtankers dumped water and fire retardant on the flames, Pollock said.

Changing winds sent the fire east, away from residential areas, but residents remained wary. Several hundred people gathered on nearby streets, many with blankets and lawn chairs, to watch the fire.

Pollock said the fire started near the Holladay Gun Club, 6401 S. Wasatch Blvd., and may have been ignited by a ricocheting bullet Saturday afternoon. Some 150 fire fighters were manning the blaze and four had to be taken to local hospitals for heat exhaustion Sunday, Pollock said.

Meanwhile, a 200-acre blaze burned northeast of Kamas near Iron Mine Lake. The fire was into some tall trees and over 200 firefighters were working to keep the forest fire from growing larger. Pollock said there was no containment of the fire Monday morning.

"When the fire gets into the timber, that's when we really count on our ground crews," Pollock said.

Elsewhere in the state, the Yance Canyon fire, 10 miles northwest of Scipio, torched 150 acres. Some 130 personnel were fighting the lightning-caused fire fueled by strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures, a Bureau of Land Management press release stated.

Crews continued their attempts to contain that fire Monday morning, Richfield Interagency fire spokeswoman Bonnie Hillman said.

Numerous other smaller fires burned statewide Sunday and kept resources and firefighters spread thinly, the press release stated.