CROYDON — A ditch bank fire that got out of hand was the cause of a 31⁄2-acre fire on steep terrain that firefighters were letting burn itself out Sunday night.
Morgan County Fire Chief Dave Rich said the fire, two miles up Cedar Canyon on Lost Creek Road, started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
He said the landowner started the fire that got away from him.
For about four hours Sunday, the owner, a person who worked for the owner, two people from the Utah Forestry Service and six from the Morgan Fire Department worked to extinguish the blaze.
They abandoned their efforts in the dark, Rich said, noting the steep terrain in which they were working.
Rich said the fire was burning a lot of oak and pine trees, but because the weather was good, the chances of the fire moving in the night were slim. He said officials would check on the area this morning to ensure it remained safely on the property owned by the man who started the blaze.