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Cascade II fire is 70% contained

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Firefighters continued to cut off the path of the Cascade II fire Saturday, reaching 70 percent containment — up from 20 percent Friday.

As of Saturday night, 7,790 acres had burned — more than one-tenth the area of Salt Lake City. Firefighters estimate the fire will be fully contained by Tuesday, as long as the weather continues to be to their advantage, fire information officer Steve Ritchie said.

He said two days without wind allowed firefighters to make significant progress.

About 504 firefighters are combating the blaze, which started Monday after a controlled burn that was supposed to clear 3,800 acres got out of control. The fire is burning southwest of Midway.

Air tankers dropped more than 11,000 gallons of retardant along the southern edge of the fire Friday and were released Saturday.

Restricted to the public are the recreation areas of Cascade Springs, for public safety, and Deer Creek Reservoir, to avoid conflicts with helicopters dipping water.

According to a news release, no structures are threatened, and no one has been injured in the fire. The Heber Valley Railroad, which had its service interrupted when its tracks were threatened, is up and running again.

Ritchie said railroad patrons got quite a show, as the fire had burned to the tracks, and in some places, past them.

More information is available on the Web at www.utahfireinfo.gov.