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Fire managers ‘optimistic’ about progress fighting Saddle Fire north of Midway

A man on a four wheeler passes hand crews as they 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.
A man on a four wheeler passes hand crews as they 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, Deseret News

MIDWAY — The Saddle Fire located just north of Midway was 80% contained Friday evening — significant progress, according to firefighters.

The fire, which started Tuesday afternoon in the Interlaken and Dutch Hollow area, still covers 683 acres and hasn’t increased in size since Thursday, according to fire officials.

The blaze was the fourth fire to occur in the area within the week and police apprehended a juvenile suspect in connection to the fire Tuesday evening. The juvenile appears to have acted alone, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office. Additional information about the investigation has not been released.

Ground crews spent Friday holding and improving fire lines as well as patrolling for sources of heat along the perimeter. Firefighters also began repairing areas impacted by fire lines and created water bars to control the runoff.

Officials said fire managers are “feeling optimistic about the progress” made throughout the past several shifts.

Mandatory evacuations from nearby homes as a precaution were lifted Wednesday night. Air support to fight the blaze was also called off Friday, according to fire officials.