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Northern Utah wildfires close off recreation areas

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm •  Published: July 23, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Fire crews in northern Utah worked Wednesday to control a handful of fast-growing blazes as the state's central and western regions braced for strong winds, thunderstorms and low humidity likely to start new fires, according to the U.S. Weather Service.

The Anaconda Fire five miles northeast of Tooele had burned about 2 square miles of brush. Fire investigators said they believe lightning ignited the blaze, which was 25 percent contained.

Residents returned to their homes after an estimated 15 houses were evacuated Monday evening.

Roads leading in and around the fire were closed as crews from a number of agencies worked to contain the blaze.

Lookout Pass, which provides access to camping in the west desert, likely will be closed for the next few days, fire information officer Teresa Rigby said. The Simpson Springs recreation area also is closed as crews set up camp there.

The fire is one of several around the state that is threatening no structures but has closed trails and waterways to recreation. Officers are urging families and others to consult weather and wildfire forecasts before they head out on excursions.

"We know plenty of folks will be looking to go places and enjoy time with their families" on Thursday's Pioneer Day and over the weekend, Rigby said. Officials are stressing that the blazes are closing a number of roads, campgrounds and trails, she said.

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