Winds, Heat Hamper Fight to Contain Southwest Fires

Crews met by winds and the driest conditions in two decades in the region made slow gains on Wednesday.


Utah firefighters are battling a 2,200-acre (890-hectare)blaze on public and private land southeast of Hurricane, about 290 miles (470 km) south of Salt Lake City.

The human-caused fire was sparked Tuesday evening, fire information officer David Eaker said, and is expected to be 85 to 90 percent contained by late Wednesday, with mop-up efforts continuing through the night and into Thursday.

The Hewlett Fire in Colorado's Roosevelt National Forest, sparked by a camping stove mid-month, was declared completely controlled on Wednesday. (Reporting by Tim Gaynor, Jennifer Dobner in Utah and Mary Slosson in California; editing by Cynthia Osterman and Mohammad Zargham)