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Old and new fires spread across Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It seems that every time crews get a handle on one major Utah wildfire, another one pops up.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It seems that every time crews get a handle on one major Utah wildfire, another one pops up.

Over the weekend, crews were able to contain the New Harmony, Wood Hollow and Rosecrest fires.

At about the same time, two new fires sparked, including the Millville Canyon Fire in Cache County and the Shingle fire in Kane County.

The good news is, crews were making considerable progress in containing the other fires.

In all, the eight current fires have burned more than 148,300 Utah acres.

Here's a look at all the major fires burning in Utah:

Shingle Fire:

The Shingle Fire began on Sunday in Kane County 6 miles south of Duck Creek Village.

Mandatory evacuations were in effect for Swains Creek and Stout Canyon Subdivisions.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but officials believe it was human-caused.

The fire had already burned more than 1,000 acres by Monday afternoon, with 0 percent containment.

Millville Canyon Fire:

The Millville Canyon fire began Sunday afternoon due to sparks from a single gunshot by target shooters in the area.

The fire had burned more than 109 acres by Monday afternoon and crews had only 20 percent containment.

No structures were threatened, but the Millville Canyon Road was closed.


Clay Springs Fire:

The Clay Springs Fire began on Wednesday 5 miles south of Oak City.

As of Monday morning, the fire had consumed 93,787 acres and was 48% contained.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for Oak City and Fool Creek Wednesday night, but was lifted by Thursday morning. One summer home was damaged, along with two outbuildings.

By Thursday afternoon, the fire spread over a mountain and into Juab County, outside of Mills. 10 homes were evacuated as a precaution, but residents were allowed to return to their homes by Friday morning.

Oak Canyon Road in Oak City remained closed.

There were also two injuries associated with the fire, when firefighters received some burns. The severity of those injuries was not immediately known.

The cause of the fire is said to be human, but is under investigation.

Seeley Fire:

Crews were fighting a fire on the Manti-La Sal National Forest on Seeley Mountain between the Left Fork of Huntington Canyon and Horse Canyon.

The fire was reported early Tuesday morning and is thought to have been caused by lightning.

UPDATE (7/2/12):

Miller Flat was placed under a mandatory evacuation order on Monday afternoon as the fire spread more than 10,000 acres over a 30-hour period.

Road closures include: SR-31 at Cleveland Reservoir and at Crandall Canyon. SR-284 at Electric Lake. SR-96 at SR-6. Fish Creek and Bear Ridge Roads at Scofield. No Forest Service Area Closure. Evacuation areas include: Electric Lake, Scofield, Clear Creek, Hiawatha and several youth camps. A major oil and gas field has been shut down, and several working coal mines have been shut down, causing a hardship to the entire community. Carbon County Sheriff’s office is coordinating escorted visits into evacuation areas for immediate needs, please call 435-636-3746 for appointments.

As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned 33,410 acres and was reportedly 10 percent contained.

Church Camp Fire:

The Church Camp Fire began on Sunday in the Argyle Canyon area near the Carbon- Duchesne County line north of Price, Utah.

As of July 1, 14 residences (cabins) and 45 outbuildings or other (anything man-made) had been destroyed.

The fire had burned 5,900 acres by Monday morning and officials were reporting 55 percent containment. On the east and north flanks of the fire, local fire departments set up structure protection.

The mandatory evacuation ordered on Tuesday by Duchesne County authorities remained in effect for the Argyle Canyon Road, east of State Road 191 to Gardner Canyon and 2 miles north and 2 miles south of Argyle Canyon Road. Argyle Canyon is also still under mandatory investigation.

Travel though State Road 191 was open, but authorities asked the public to avoid the area if possible.

Pole Creek Fire:

The Pole Creek fire began on Wednesday, 8 miles north of Neola, Utah.

The fire had consumed approximately 2,028 acres as of Sunday morning. The cause is still under investigation.

As of Monday morning, officials said they had 75 percent containment on the fire.

One firefighter has reportedly suffered a minor injury. Officials were attributing the injury to the rocky terrain on which the fire is being fought.

No structures are currently threatened and no road closures are currently in effect.

Wolf Den Fire:

The Wolf Den fire started Friday 4 miles north of Big Park, Utah.

The fire had consumed 22,000 acres as of Monday afternoon and was reportedly 5 percent contained.

No evacuations were in place, but the Atchee Ridge Road was closed (east access) to the Book Cliffs.

----Information from: utahfireinfo.gov and Joe Dougherty of the Utah Division of Homeland Security.

Stay tuned to ABC 4 News and ABC4.com for more on this story.


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