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    Post Utah 2003 season activity

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah's first large wildfire of the season
    has burned over about 1,700 acres about 20 miles southwest of
    Hanksville in southern Utah, and firefighters are taking a slow,
    low-cost approach to attacking it.
    The blaze started Friday evening when lightning struck a tree
    near the Lonesome Beaver Campground in the Henry Mountains.
    The fire is burning largely in pinon and juniper, Bureau of Land
    Management spokesman Bert Hart said. "The fuels are extremely dry.
    They just haven't had a chance to recover."
    Wind and heat caused the fire to expand rapidly on Wednesday,
    but it settled down some on Thursday as the weather turned cooler
    and winds were lower, Hart said.
    The fire has extended into two wilderness study areas, and there
    are a few cabins and three camp grounds in the area.
    Hart said the options for attacking the fire were full
    suppression, concentrating on protecting structures or just letting
    it go.
    He said officials picked the middle road, protecting structures.
    "We're trying to keep the cost down," he said.
    There is no projected date of containment and the fire may burn
    for weeks, he said.
    Hart said 200 personnel, aided by two helicopters and five
    engines, were expected to be on the blaze Friday.
    Some area roads have been closed.

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    Post Utah's first large wildfire settling down

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah's first large wildfire of the season
    was right where firefighters wanted it on Monday, and forest
    managers say the blaze will ultimately make the Henry Mountains
    forest more healthy.
    The fire, which was started by a lightning strike near the
    Lonesome Beaver campground more than a week ago, had burned 2,558
    acres by Monday morning, said Susan Marzec, spokeswoman for the
    Bureau of Land Management.
    It burned pinyon and juniper trees at around 9,000 feet in
    elevation, in an area 30 miles south of Hanksville.
    "It's been burning cool," Marzec said. That means the flames
    were consuming dead wood and debris - but leaving the healthy trees
    and their seeds alive.
    "This part of the mountain had a lot of fuel on it. It hasn't
    burned in years and years," she said.
    With the dead wood burned away, the forest will grow healthier
    in the future, she said.
    The BLM had 162 firefighters with five engines and a helicopter
    working on the fire. They spent the weekend trying to surround the
    blaze with fire lines. Marzec said the weather favored their
    efforts.
    "It's actually looking pretty good," she said. No one had been
    injured and no homes were in danger.
    There is a free-ranging bison herd in that part of the Henry
    Mountains, but Marzec said the animals know how to get themselves
    out of the way when wildfire strikes.

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    Post July 7th

    (Salt Lake City-AP) -- A wildfire that has burned more than
    27-hundred acres in a wilderness area west of Blanding was
    apparently caused by an abandoned campfire.
    The fire began on June 28th in the Dark Canyon Wilderness Area
    of the Manti-LaSal National Forest.
    Forest Service fire information officer John Daugherty says the
    sheriff's office is looking for information on anyone camping in
    Woodenshoe or Cherry Canyons late last month.
    About 160 people are working on the fire, which has been 50
    percent contained. Resources include four fire crews, three
    helicopters and eight engines.


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    Default Utah Update

    Some fires contained, but others ignite
    By Laura Hancock
    Deseret Morning News

    Crews are containing Utah's largest wildfires, but a handful of new blazes have ignited throughout the state.
    Chris Brenchley, a fire weather forecaster for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, said it's the season of "prime fire weather."
    "Any fires that start rapidly take off," Brenchley said. "The fuels have been stressed by drought for the past ó depending on where you are in Utah ó at least the last five years. That takes the moisture out of big fuels like fir trees, aspens. To top it off, we had all that grass from the spring rains."
    In the Fishlake National Forest, crews in Sevier County are fighting a new 77-acre fire south of Mount Marvine, where spruce and Douglas fir trees are providing fuel. Lightning sparked the blaze July 2.
    Two "hot shot" crews experienced in technical firefighting are on scene. The fire is burning in steep and rocky terrain. Three helicopters and several ground crews also are fighting the fire. The goal is to build a firebreak near the ridge top along the west flank of the fire, according to a Forest Service statement.







    The Forest Service has not closed any roads but is asking travelers to drive on tarred roads and be cautious. Pilots must keep aircraft five miles from the fire and at 15,400 feet. For clearance to fly in the area, call 435-979-2838.
    In Morgan County, a 20-acre blaze briefly threatened nearby houses, but crews used bulldozers to build a firebreak. The fire started Monday, and its cause is under investigation. It was contained and controlled by Monday night, said Jim McMahill of the Bureau of Land Management.
    Sparks flying from a train are believed to have started a brush fire outside of Vernon, Tooele County, Monday. The fire was contained and controlled by Monday afternoon. The fire burned one-tenth of an acre, McMahill said.
    A handful of federal and local firefighting crews remain on the scene of the Apex fire, 10 miles west of St. George. It was 100 percent contained and controlled last Friday. Crews are monitoring the fire's activity and will reseed the vegetation in the area. The fire has burned 33,000 acres, according to fire officials.
    Pinyon Pine-Juniper trees, sage and black brush, and a non-native grass fueled the flames. Crews also will determine ways to prevent erosion, which could be a problem in hilly areas where roots that held the soil were burned.
    The Woodenshoe fire, five miles west of Blanding in the Dark Canyon Wilderness Area of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, is expected to be contained by 6 p.m. Wednesday. By Monday night, the 2,710-acre blaze was 50 percent contained, said fire information officer John Daugherty. Investigators determined it was started by an abandoned or escaped campfire, he said.
    Authorities are seeking information from anyone who camped in the area from June 26-28. They ask the public to call the San Juan County Sheriff's Office at 435-587-2237.
    "It was much quieter today. Crews continue to tighten up fire lines, mop up," Daugherty said Monday.
    About 160 people are on scene, including three helicopters, he said.
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    Post July 14th

    HUNTSVILLE, Utah (AP) - A fire started Monday, possibly by
    sparks from a backhoe, was believed to have destroyed six or seven
    summer residences east of Huntsville near the Causey Reservoir.
    The blaze, dubbed the Evergreen fire, started about 2 p.m.
    Monday on private land in the Evergreen development and had spread
    to 350 to 500 acres by early Tuesday, said Kathy Jo Pollock,
    Wasatch-Cache National Forest spokeswoman.
    A voluntary evacuation was suggested for the Sourdough,
    Evergreen and Beaver Creek developments, which contain several
    hundred summer and year-round residences.
    Pollock said that from the air it appeared six or seven
    residences - cabins or trailers - had been destroyed and a
    fire-engine crew reported another had been damaged.
    The fire was about 20 percent contained, she said.
    Some residents reported that the fire started when a backhoe
    struck a rock, causing sparks that ignited dry grass.
    Pollock said Utah Power & Light cut power to the three areas so
    the fire burning underneath lines would not cause arcing.
    About 90 firefighters, aided by five helicopters, two air
    tankers and five engines, were battling the fire, and Pollock said
    another four crews - 80 firefighters - were expected in the
    morning.
    Three of the helicopters were diverted to the Evergreen fire
    from the Farmington Canyon fire, which to 1,935 acres on Monday,
    but was 70 percent contained.
    Fire information officer Steve Segin said 297 personnel were
    assigned to that blaze.
    The Farmington fire was started Thursday. A homeless man, Joseph
    Heinz Bruhl, 33, told law enforcement officers he started the fire
    because he wanted to go to jail. He was charged Friday with causing
    a catastrophe.
    Elsewhere, the 126-acre Jacob Ranch west of Utah Lake was
    controlled Monday. The fire was believed caused by target shooting.
    Firefighters also continued to battle the 18,606-acre Bulldog
    fire in the Henry Mountains in southern Utah, which was believed
    started by an all-terrain vehicle that had been driven off-road. A
    teenager was being investigated, said Susan Marzec, a Bureau of
    Land Management fire information officer.
    In another development, the total cost of the Apex fire, the
    state's largest so far this season at 30,000 acres, has been
    estimated at $2.2 million so far. Rehabilitation costs could add
    another $1 million, said David Boyd, fire information officer. That
    fire, in southwestern Utah, was started by two teenagers playing
    with matches.
    No decision has been made on charges, said Washington County
    Attorney Brock Belnap.

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    Post July 15th

    By DEBBIE HUMMEL
    Associated Press Writer
    HUNTSVILLE, Utah (AP) - A relatively small but devastating
    wildfire, ignited by sparks from a backhoe driving over a rock, had
    destroyed six summer homes and left several others damaged when the
    smoke cleared Tuesday east of Huntsville near the Causey Reservoir.
    Among the residences destroyed was a trailer owned by Steve
    Garcia, of West Point. He looked a pile of rubble on the charred
    ground. Also destroyed in the fire was a trailer belong to Garcia's
    father.
    "Man, that didn't leave nothing, did it?" he said. "We were
    up here last week, we had a big family reunion up here a month
    ago."
    The blaze, dubbed the Evergreen fire, started Monday afternoon
    on private land in the Evergreen development and had blackened 360
    acres by late Tuesday, said Ted Black, Weber District Fire
    Marshall.
    The fire was about 80 percent contained, he said. It was
    expected to be fully contained later Tuesday despite searing
    temperatures and higher winds, Black said.
    Garcia's family has been coming to the area for about 10 years.
    "As long as nobody's hurt," Garcia said. "We can replace the
    trailer, but the scenery is going to be kind of hard."
    Garcia and his father had discussed the fire danger just last
    week and talked about moving their trailers off the land, he said.
    The conditions were as dry as they had ever seen them.
    Officials say the fire started when the track of a backhoe
    struck a rock, causing sparks that ignited dry grass. The
    Sourdough, Evergreen and Beaver Creek developments, which contain
    several hundred summer and year-round residences, were evacuated
    Monday. People were expected to return to their homes or to assess
    damage later Tuesday, Black said.
    "That's the point, if sparks can do this much damage imagine
    what a careless cigarette butt, a match or an unattended campfire
    can do," said Black, who had led Garcia up to the fire area to
    view the damage.
    Equipment and crews were readily available from the nearby
    Farmington Canyon fire that had threatened homes last week and was
    now nearly contained.
    "It cooled right down last night, we had no down canyon winds,
    everything went our way," he said. "But anytime even a single
    individual is impacted this much it's a catastrophe."
    About 90 firefighters, aided by five helicopters, two air
    tankers and five engines, battled the fire. A helicopter and
    firefighters remained Tuesday to handle hot spots.
    Many of those resources were diverted to the Evergreen fire from
    the Farmington Canyon fire, which grew to 1,935 acres on Tuesday
    but was 70 percent contained.
    Several helicopters were making passes to drop water on hot
    spots on the east side of the fire, said Dorothy Harvey, fire
    information officer. Nearly 300 personnel were still assigned to
    that blaze, she said.
    The Farmington fire was started Thursday. A homeless man, Joseph
    Heinz Bruhl, 33, told authorities he started the fire because he
    wanted to go to jail. He was charged Friday with causing a
    catastrophe.
    The increased activity in northern Utah prompted new fire
    restrictions that prohibit the use of open fires or camp fires,
    except in developed recreation sites. Those rules take effect at
    12:01 a.m. Thursday in Davis County and the Wasatch-Cache National
    Forest, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said Tuesday.
    In Southern Utah, firefighters continued to battle the
    28,382-acre Bulldog fire in the Henry Mountains. Officials say the
    fire was likely started by an all-terrain vehicle that had been
    driven off-road. A teenager was being investigated, said Susan
    Marzec, a Bureau of Land Management fire information officer.
    The fire was 10 percent contained, and had likely grown to more
    than 30,000 acres Tuesday, said Lisa Reid, a BLM fire information
    officer. Two cabins dating back to the early 1900s were destroyed
    in the fire, as well as two vacant mining shacks, Reid said.
    There were seven structures threatened Tuesday, she said. Crews
    were cutting back foliage around those buildings, wrapping them
    with heat reflecting material and putting foam on the roofs to
    protect them if the fire approaches.

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    Post July 16th

    By DEBBIE HUMMEL
    Associated Press Writer
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A fire in the Henry Mountains of
    southeastern Utah grew to nearly 33,000 acres Wednesday, making it
    the state's largest blaze of the wildfire season.
    The Bulldog fire - which began July 8 and is named for various
    "Bulldog"-titled geographic landmarks in the area - was 30
    perecent contained as crews focused on shielding several cabins in
    the mountain range 17 miles north of Ticaboo.
    Linda Hixon, who has lived in the area for more than eight
    years, said she sensed late last week that the fire would be a
    problem. She started packing up sentimental belongings and by
    Sunday, she and her husband had emptied the house with the help of
    co-workers at the Offshore Marina at Lake Powell.
    The fire approached the home Sunday night, charring the ground
    around it. For now, the house is safe.
    "The crews they've brought in are focused specifically on
    structures and they've done an amazing job," she said. "It's just
    amazing. I don't know that there's ever words to thank them for
    what they've done."
    The Hixons are staying at the marina until the Bureau of Land
    Management allows them to return. That won't be anytime soon;
    flames flared up in her driveway late Tuesday, she said.
    Protecting cabins and homes in the area remains a major focus
    for firefighters, said Murray Shoemaker, BLM fire information
    officer.
    "We had some private residences south in the Gold Creek and
    Star Springs areas and those were saved," he said. "North of the
    fire ... there's a number of structures up there. Our crews are
    searching those out."
    Authorities also fear that bison, deer and elk herds may be in
    danger. Wildlife resources officials are reporting sightings of
    animals moving away from the fire, Shoemaker said, and no dead
    animals have been found.
    Officials say the blaze was started by an all-terrain vehicle
    that was on a road in the area and may have backed into dry grass
    while turning around. Heat from some part of the vehicle may have
    ignited the fire, Shoemaker said.
    Nearly 350 personnel worked against the blaze Wednesday, aided
    by four helicopters, nine engines and two water tankers.
    At 32,980 acres, this fire has surpassed the size of the Apex
    Fire, which burned 30,000 acres near St. George earlier this month.
    In northern Utah, the Evergreen fire east of Ogden, which burned
    486 acres and destroyed six summer homes, was declared contained on
    Tuesday. The fire was started by sparks from a backhoe driving over
    a rock.
    The 1,935-acre Farmington Canyon Fire just north of Salt Lake
    City was 80 percent contained. Four smaller fires burning in Utah
    on Wednesday were listed as contained.
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    Post July 17th

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A fire in the Henry Mountains of
    southeastern Utah grew to more than 33,000 acres Thursday.
    The Bulldog fire - which began July 8 and is named for various
    geographic landmarks in the area - remains at 30 percent contained
    in the mountain range 17 miles north of Ticaboo.
    Protecting cabins and homes in the area remains a focus for
    firefighters, said Lisa Reid, Bureau of Land Management fire
    information officer. "But we're not as critical as we were," she
    said.
    The most significant development was road closures in the area,
    Reid said.
    "Right now in essence the Henry Mountains are closed to public
    access," she said.
    With the fire at only 30 percent contained and the potential for
    flare-ups, the closures were a matter of public safety and in the
    best interest of crews focusing on fighting the fire, she said.
    Officials say the blaze, which has burned 33,080 acres, was
    started by an all-terrain vehicle that backed into dry grass while
    turning around, possibly igniting the fire.
    Elsewhere, the 1,935-acre Farmington Canyon fire just north of
    Salt Lake City was 95 percent contained.
    "It's going to be smoking probably for the next couple of weeks
    and we know that there going to have hot spots I'd say for at least
    a month, especially if this warm weather sticks around," said
    Kathy Jo Pollock, spokeswoman for the Wasatch-Cache National
    Forest.
    The Woodenshoe fire in the Dark Canyon Wilderness Area, 25 miles
    west of Blanding has burned 2,710 acres. The fire has been listed
    at 95 percent contained for the last several days.
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    AMERICAN FORK CANYON, Utah (AP) - A federal study investigating
    a prescribed burn of 600 acres that ultimately raged out of control
    after wind scattered embers could be completed Friday.
    An 11-member U.S. Forest Service team, featuring experts in
    firefighting and meteorology, will write a report based on their
    findings of the Cascade Springs II wildfire last month.
    This week, they will examine Cascade Springs, interview
    residents and pore over data from the fire that burned nearly 8,000
    acres and filled three valleys with smoky air for nearly a week.
    Public meetings were scheduled Tuesday in Provo and Wednesday in
    Heber City.
    Team leader Ronnie Raum said members have been given specific
    questions to address, such as whether policies and procedures need
    to be adjusted.
    "We want to be successful in achieving an open, honest and
    factual review of what happened on this fire," Raum said.
    "We want to identify lessons learned from this experience and
    make whatever changes are necessary to help us do a better job on
    future prescribed burns," Raum said.
    Spokesman Ed Waldapfel said the team's report will address such
    questions as:
    - Did workers charged with planning and starting the controlled
    burn meet qualification standards as established in the forest
    service manual?
    - Were national and regional policies followed when starting the
    fire?
    - Did the burn plan and the actual implementation of the
    prescribed fire adequately address air-quality issues?
    - Was the prescribed burn plan properly prepared and
    implemented?
    - What were the weather conditions on the day of the fire? Did
    the controlled-burn plan take weather conditions, including the
    five-year drought, into account?
    - What were the contingency plans?
    Waldapfel said the team will try to have a report ready for
    inspection by their supervisors by Friday.
    The team was appointed the regional forester and draws from
    personnel in Missouri, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and California.

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    Post 10/29

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) - High winds that blew into the state in
    advance of a cold front hampered firefighters' efforts to control
    the Cherry Creek blaze Wednesday.
    The fire has burned 2,740 acres near Springville and was about
    15 percent contained, said Erin Darboven, fire information officer
    for the Bureau of Land Management.
    "We had a tough day fighting the fire today. But we knew that
    from the get-go," Darboven said.
    Air operations for the fire had to be grounded due to the high
    winds. A fire crew was removed for safety reasons because of the
    winds unpredictability, Darboven said.
    There are homes less than two miles away from the fire but no
    structures were threatened.
    Investigators say a spark from a passing vehicle caught the dry
    roadside brush on fire last Saturday. They have ruled the fire
    accidental.
    Elsewhere in the state, the U.S. Forest Service is pulling crews
    off the fire burning in Shepard Canyon near Farmington.
    That fire started last Thursday night in thick, dense brush. It
    has burned 391 acres and is fully contained, though officials are
    not yet calling it controlled.
    Officials said one engine is available in case of any flare-ups.
    Utah Power and Light officials said a downed powerline was
    responsible for ignited that blaze.

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