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Saddle Fire north of Midway covers 683 acres, 70% contained

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Hand crews begin their hike to fight a wildfire burning in Dutch Hollow area of Midway on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Multiple agencies responded to the fire.

Scott G Winterton

MIDWAY — Firefighters made more progress Thursday battling the 683 acre Saddle Fire, which was 70% contained as of 3:30 p.m.

Crews spent the day continuing to construct containment lines, securing control lines and extinguishing heat sources along the fire’s perimeter, state fire officials reported on the Utah Fire Info Twitter account. Containment grew from 40% Thursday morning to 70% by afternoon.

The fire, located north of Midway, will transition back to a Type 4 incident management organization Friday morning at 6 a.m. However, firefighting efforts will still utilize two crews, two engines and one helicopter, according to Utah Fire Info.

The blaze, which started Tuesday afternoon in the Interlaken and Dutch Hollow area, was the fourth fire to occur in the area within the week — circumstances the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office noted as suspicious.

Police reported apprehending a juvenile suspect in connection to the fires Tuesday evening. The juvenile appears to have acted alone, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigation is ongoing and no additional information has been released.

Residents evacuated from their homes as a precaution against the fire were also allowed to return home Wednesday night.