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Firefighters closer to putting out fire

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Firefighters are closer to extinguishing a blaze in the Lake Mountains east of Salt Lake City.

The Sheep Fire, which was touched off by lightning Thursday, was 100 percent contained Saturday night, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Erin Darvboven said. About 1,200 acres have burned.

The blaze spread quickly Friday due to high winds and came within a few miles of the Magcorp magnesium smelter. But crews got the upper-hand late in the day and by Saturday the BLM had reduced staffing of the fire to a 22-person handcrew, two helicopters, two fire engines and a water-tender, she said. Additional crews are expected to be released on Sunday.

Dry and frequent thunderstorms, combined with Utah's fifth year of drought, mean the potential risk of wildfires is very high this summer, Darvboven said.