Lightning sparks two fires on Antelope Island

ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK -- Lightning caused two fires on Antelope Island, which were quickly brought to heel by firefighters.

A small fire Tuesday night was spotted by a mainland resident, who reported it to Davis County dispatch, said Ron Taylor, park manager.

"We really appreciate that person on the mainland who was watching out for us," he said.

Syracuse, Clinton and state wildland firefighters put out the blaze, which was near Mushroom Springs, west of the Fielding Garr Ranch, on the east side of the island, Taylor said.

Taylor then decided to check the west side of the island, and saw a fire burning through cheat grass. Fire crews battled the 300-acre blaze until about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Taylor said.