Weekend thunderstorms left the northwestern part of the state spotted with wildfires, one burning as much as 500 acres.
Several firefighters, along with six engines, two helicopters and four airtankers, battled a lightning-induced blaze just mine miles south of Terra in Tooele County. Officials expect the fire to be contained today as steep slopes and rough terrain have hindered efforts, according to a statement from the Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake field office.
A fire also started by lightning Sunday in the Twin Peaks wilderness area of Big Cottonwood Canyon was visible from the valley Monday. It has burned less than one acre of downed and dead brush and is being monitored by the Forest Service. Officials plan to re-evaluate the fire today to determine whether containment efforts are necessary.
At least three additional fires started from the storms Friday in Tooele County and were contained Sunday and Monday. The Arts Canyon fire, located in the Deep Creek Mountains, burned 36 acres. The Davis fire, one mile south of Davis Mountain, burned 119 acres. The East Faust Creek fire was able to be contained before burning even one acre.
The cause of a fire two miles north of Delle, at Black Mountain, is still under investigation. The fire burned more than 3,000 acres, according to the BLM.
Fire crews remained busy throughout the weekend, as late summer storms elicited more fire starts. As always, officials caution care when enjoying the outdoors.