Nevada Fire 60% Contained, Thousands In Utah Evacuated

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) - The wildfire in northeastern Nevada that has burned for weeks near the Utah state line is 60 percent contained. So far, the fire has burned through nearly 12,000 acres of rugged terrain. It was started by a planned burn that escaped on June 9th.

Across the border in Utah, thousands of people whose homes were in danger of being threatened by a separate wildfire have had to find shelter elsewhere as strong winds fueled the fire that officials believe was started by target shooters.

The residents of at least 2,300 homes in northern Utah were evacuated Friday, a day after the more than 6-square-mile fire started near the Saratoga Springs landfill, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. High winds then helped fan the flames onto tinder-dry grasslands.

Forecasters expect strong winds to persist through the weekend.

A continued mix of hot, windy and extremely dry conditions has raised the fire danger across Utah and parts of Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. Several wildfires are burning in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, and Hawaii.

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