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Crews continue fight against Goose Point Fire

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Smoke rises from the Goose Point Fire west of Utah Lake on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

John Wilson

WEST MOUNTAIN — Crews continued to battle a fire burning on the southern end of Utah Lake on Friday.

The Goose Point Fire was 8,908 acres and 90% contained as of early Friday evening, according to fire officials with the Utah Division of Fire, Forestry and State Land, and the Bureau of Land Management.

The Goose Point Fire started about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and was initially reported to be about 100 acres. It spread quickly due to heavy grass and crews’ difficulty accessing it because of the steep terrain, exploding to 3,000 acres by Thursday morning and spreading to 6,500 as the day went on.

Very little smoke and fire activity were visible on Friday morning, fire officials said. They expected that the day’s lighter winds and temperatures in the mid-80s would help firefighters Friday as they secured the containment line put in Thursday and put out hot spots.

Target shooting, camping and unnecessary traffic are currently restricted in the land surrounding the Goose Point Fire in Utah County, including south of Lincoln Beach Road, west of 5600 West, north of Highway 141, and east of the North Lake Road.

Property owners, grazing permit holders, and others who need to access the land are asked to coordinate with the incident commander.