Wildfires continue in Utah

Utah wildfires have been particularly bad in unusually hot and dry weather this summer. The recent Salt Creek fire, threatening Sanpete and Juab Counties, has burned more than 21,000 acres and was 25 percent contained as of July 25. Firefighters gained ground as weather became more favorable and as more help came in from fire crews from other counties who have been battling blazes near Grantsville, Vernal and Zion National Park.

With the help of recent rainfall and more rain expected on the way as of press time, crews were hoping to keep the Salt Creek fire from reaching the community of Fountain Green and Indianola. So far, two cabins and half a dozen outbuildings are the only structures destroyed. There have been no casualties in these recent fires. Five people died in earlier fires, three who were trapped by the fires and two on motorcycles that crashed while driving through dense smoke.

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