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Ranches Fire burns 22 acres near Eagle Mountain

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Fire crews work on a ridge as they watch for hot spots after a brush fire burned several acres above the Meadow Ranch subdivision in Eagle Mountain on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Crews from Unified Fire Authority and Camp Williams spent Tuesday afternoon and evening in Eagle Mountain battling the 22-acre Ranches Fire as it burned up to the yards of some homes.

The blaze started about 5:30 p.m., and at one point threatened several homes in the Meadow Ranch neighborhood north of state Route 73, according to Unified Fire Authority incident commander John Slatore. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Helicopters from nearby Camp Williams were brought in target hotspots, and at about 9 p.m. Slatore announced the fire was under control.

Although high winds in the area could continue to fan some additional flames, “the perimeter of this fire has been put out,” Slatore said in a video posted on Unified Fire’s twitter account.

With the Fourth of July approaching, dry conditions in the Beehive State have some fire officials on edge, and Slatore issued a stern reminder to celebrate the holiday in a safe manner.

“This again shows that in three hours that fire went 22 acres and it did threaten some of these houses,” Slatore said. “So I just want everyone to be very conscious about what they’re doing with their fireworks this season and any casual flames.”

Although there were two reports of smoke inhalation, no firefighters were injured and no structures were reported lost, according to fire officials.