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Crews battling Utah wildfire brace for 'red flag' afternoon; campfire blamed for blaze

SPRINGVILLE — U.S. Forest officials battling the Round Peak Fire near the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above Springville believe a campfire started the wildfire.

According to a Forest Service spokesman, investigators believe the fire got away from the people using it, and they couldn't put the flames out in time.

The fire grew to approximately 325 acres Tuesday afternoon, but was down to 267 acres by 8 p.m., wildfire officials reported. As of Tuesday evening, the fire was 5% contained.

An airplane drops retardent on a wildfire above the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Springville on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
An airplane drops retardent on a wildfire above the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Springville on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The fire, east of Springville, was first reported about 10 p.m. Monday, according to Utah Fire Info.

Tuesday morning, 40 firefighters were battling the flames burning about a half-mile away from structures.

By the late afternoon, Utah Fire Info reported that four handcrews, multiple helicopters and airplanes, and two fire engines were on the scene, with more crews on the way.

"Crews are making good progress on north flank, crews continue work aggressively to suppress the fire," fire officials tweeted.

A good portion of Utah was under a red flag warning on Tuesday, meaning hot, dry and windy conditions that typically fuel wildfires are expected.

The Provo Police Department tweeted Tuesday that extra brush patrols would be out during the afternoon "when the conditions will be at their worst." The department is asking residents to "please be aware of anything you are doing that could potentially spark a fire."