Rain, cooler temps slow Toole County wildfire

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:07 PM


SALT LAKE CITY-- State officials say rain and cooler temperatures have helped slow a fast-moving wildfire in western Utah that burned hundreds of acres and temporarily shut down a highway.

Utah Division of Forestry spokesman Jason Curry says 80 firefighters, including hot shot crews from Cedar City, were battling the blaze. They hoped to have it contained by 9 p.m. Friday.

Early estimates indicated the fire burned 500 acres in a remote area near Stockton in Tooele County. But it grew significantly Thursday afternoon because of high winds.

State Route 73 between Lehi and Tooele closed for about two hours. Curry says no structures are in danger and no evacuations ordered, although officials have kept campers out of primitive campgrounds nearby.

The fire reportedly was sparked by an equipment malfunction Thursday morning.

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