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    Default 2 Utah County Fire Brak out

    Two brush fires break out in county Daily Herald
    Two small brush fires kept firefighters busy Monday. One started at approximately 3:30 p.m. four miles up Spanish Fork Canyon about 1/2 mile east of the Covered Bridge turnoff.

    The fire burned seven acres and threatened some holding pens for cattle. Firefighters from Spanish Fork, the U.S. Forest Service, Utah County Fire Department, Springville and Mapleton contained the blaze within about an hour but crews stayed into the night securing the area.

    A second fire on Powerhouse Road in Spanish Fork a mile and a half west of U.S. Highway 6 grew to 12 acres in size after starting at about 4:15 p.m. That fire threatened a satellite receiver for a time but crews from Spanish Fork, Mapleton, Salem, Payson and the U.S. Forest Service were able to contain it within about an hour and a half. A Bureau of Land Management helicopter responded to the fire on Powerhouse Road but was not needed by the time it arrived.

    The causes of both fires were unknown by press time.
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    Default Fire Near Strawberry Reservoir

    Fire Near Strawberry Reservoir Burns 95 Acres
    August 14th, 2007 @ 7:42am
    (KSL News) Fire crews will be back on the lines of a fire burning near Strawberry Reservoir this morning.

    The fire was contained last night, but there are still spots burning within the fire line that crews have yet to put out.

    So far 95 acres have burned.
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    Default Another Fire in Millard County

    Terrain Poses Problems in Fighting Wildfire
    August 24th, 2007 @ 7:31am
    (KSL News) A wildfire in central Utah could be burning until mid-September.

    Lightning started the Lowry fire, which is burning in Millard County just east of Scipio. The fire already has burned 1,900 acres.

    Officials tell the Deseret Morning News terrain is a major problem, and it's not even safe to send crews in to fight the flames.
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    Default Orem Brush Fire Threatens Homes

    Fire snuffed before reaching Orem homes


    Several Orem residents breathed a sigh of relief Monday evening after firefighters were able to contain a brush fire before it reached their homes.

    Though the massive, record-setting blazes that characterized Utah's summer have mostly subsided, Provo and Orem got a reminder that the fire season isn't over yet. A brush fire broke out around 4 p.m. in a small ravine along the old Carterville Road walking path where 4800 North in Provo turns into Orem Center Street.

    Fueled by thick, dry vegetation, the flames crept up the west side of the ravine toward an Orem neighborhood, but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading. During a summer when fire damage has often been measured in thousands of acres, Monday's fire burned about 100 square yards at most, according to Battalion Chief Kevin Kemp of the Orem Fire Department.

    "It could've been a big deal but I think we made a pretty good stop on it and protected those structures," Kemp said. "This stuff's dry. It's been a dry year. We're always concerned about that thick vegetation."

    With the flames nearly straddling the dividing line between Provo and Orem, firefighters from both cities helped fight the blaze. Kemp said six engine companies and about 30 firefighters took part in the effort.

    Vic Deauvono of the North Fork Fire Department, who was at the scene to observe in case his department's 2,000-gallon tanker was needed, said he suspected that the blaze was manmade. Deauvono, who lives in the area, said there have been three or four fires near there over the past few years caused by firecrackers and cigarettes, and said Monday's fire was likely due to similar causes.

    "It looks manmade to me," he said.

    Joan Lloyd remembers one of those fires. Lloyd's house on 50 South in Orem sits alongside the edge of the ravine. Five years ago another blaze erupted in the same spot, she said, but crept close enough to burn part of her neighbor's roof. During that fire, Lloyd said she sprayed flames with a hose and ended up with singed clothes and burnt lawn furniture.

    Kevin Lloyd, Joan Lloyd's son, said they were fortunate that the flames did not spread as far this time.

    "I could see smoke going everywhere," he said. "It's a good thing (the firefighters) got here early enough."
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