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Crews continue to battle lightning fires as new blazes burn

By McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

Published: Tue, July 22 9:22 p.m. MDT

 Flames move along the north flank of the Sheep Fire, burning about 11 miles south of Terra, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Flames move along the north flank of the Sheep Fire, burning about 11 miles south of Terra, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

(Bureau of Land Management)

SALT LAKE CITY — Fire crews continued to fight fires caused by lightning across the state early this week as new fires erupted Tuesday.

The cause of an approximately 175-acre fire that started just 2 miles north of East Carbon on Tuesday is unknown. The fire was burning grass and brush with no containment reported, but officials said no structures were threatened as the fire moved north, away from the town.

Meanwhile, a new fire was reported near Salina, burning about 7 acres and growing as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crews responded with heavy tankers as they worked to get ahead of the blaze.

• Tunnel Hollow Fire: The fire burning along I-84 in Weber Canyon was evaluated at more than 1,200 acres and was 10 percent contained Tuesday. Started by lightning strikes in Morgan and Summit counties Sunday, the blaze was fueled by hot, dry and windy conditions.

Tubing, rafting and kayaking on the Weber River between Henefer and Morgan was prohibited Tuesday out of concern for burning materials and rolling boulders, the the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands reported.

• Sheep Fire: Burning about 11 miles south of Terra, the Sheep Fire grew to about 1,850 acres, with no containment reported. The road through Lookout Pass remained closed Tuesday as crews battled the lightning-caused fire.

Additional resources were being called in to tackle the fire, BLM officials said, and interagency crews employed back-burning techniques along the fire's inner perimeter. The fire was threatening sage grouse and mule deer habitats but no human structures.

Anaconda Fire: The fire that prompted brief evacuations in Tooele on Monday had grown to 1,100 acres and was 25 percent contained Tuesday. The lightning-caused fire started small Sunday but flared up due to heat and wind Monday.

The Indian Fire, which started Saturday in a steep, rocky area east of 24th Street in Ogden, is suspected to be human-caused and was reported at 70 percent containment Monday. It had burned an estimated 50 acres.

Lion Peak Fire: The cause of the Lion Peak Fire, which started southwest of Simpson Mountain on Monday, was unknown Tuesday after 950 acres had burned. Containment was unknown.

Lucky Fire: The 35-acre fire was reportedly caused by lightning near Simpson Springs Road and Simpson Mountain on Sunday. No containment was reported on Tuesday.

Lincoln Fire: Officials believe the Lincoln Fire was sparked by Lightning on Monday, burning an estimated 35 acres near Deadman Canyon by Tuesday evening. Containment was unknown.

South Mountain Fire: Reports indicate the South Mountain Fire remained at about 25 acres Tuesday. The cause of the fire, burning about 8 miles south of Grantsville, was undetermined.

• Bear Canyon Fire: The lightning-caused fire had burned about 8 acres east of Carbon. It was 10 percent contained Tuesday.

• Cottonwood Ridge Fire: Burning south of Nine Mile Canyon, the fire had burned about 15 acres Tuesday and was 50 percent contained. No structures were threatened.

Email: mromero@deseretnews.com, Twitter: McKenzieRomero

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