100-Acre Wildfire Closes Utah Mine

Campfire is believed to be the cause



PROVO, Utah (AP) — Firefighters in central Utah are making progress on a 100-acre wildfire that closed a mine in a national forest about 100 miles southeast of Provo.

Authorities believe a campfire lit by recreationists sparked the blaze reported Friday afternoon about 15 miles northwest of Huntington.

Officials for the Manti-La Sal National Forest said it was 75 percent contained Wednesday. It should be fully contained by the weekend.

Water drops from a helicopter helped crews establish a containment line Tuesday on the northeast flank of the fire that has closed the Crandall Canyon Mine.

Meanwhile, crews are mopping up after another fire that burned dozens of acres about 100 miles east of Provo near Myton in Duchesne along U.S. Highway 40. It broke out about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

No injuries have been reported or structures lost in either fire.

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