BRIGHAM CITY -- If 22 lightning-caused fires in Box Elder County over the weekend are any indication of things to come, it's going to be a long fire season.
"August typically is our most active month for lightning fires," said Jason Curry, a spokesman with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.
"The month of August, as we progress, will get hotter and drier. We're going to have some more fires, I'm sure."
Curry said anytime there is a storm without much precipitation, there's a significantly greater chance for a lightning-caused fire.
The 22 fires all started after a 4 a.m. Saturday lightning storm in Box Elder County.
All but three blazes sparked during the storm were out by Saturday night.
One of those fires, though, was still burning Sunday night but was close to being extinguished.
That fire was the 5,920-acre Locomotive Fire.
"We had about 12 to 15 engines, as well as an air tanker and helicopters the first day," Curry said. "Sunday we had 12 engines."
Curry said the Locomotive Fire is the biggest that has burned in Box Elder County this season.
But the fire did not threaten any structures imminently, he said, adding, "We had some nearby that we were concerned about."
Blain Hamp, Bear River area manager of the state Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said the Locomotive fire was in the Snowville and Locomotive Springs area off the Locomotive Springs road.
Hamp said volunteers from the Box Elder Fire Department had responded to fight this fire, which was managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and state of Utah.
A 1,500-acre blaze called the Rattlesnake Fire was on the north end of Hansel Valley.
This fire was put out Sunday afternoon.
Hamp said the blaze was being managed by Box Elder County with local and state volunteers from Utah forestry and state lands.
A fire called Hansel Two had burned only two acres but was still active Saturday night.
This blaze, managed by the state of Utah, was being fought by members of the Forest Service as well as by volunteers.
This fire also was put out Sunday afternoon.