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A helicopter drops water on the Snoqualmie Fire, burning just east of Layton on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Standard-Examiner staff

LAYTON — A wildfire that began burning Monday night near Layton is now 76% contained.

The Snoqualmie Fire has burned 128 acres since it sparked around 9:45 p.m. Monday in the mountains just east of Layton, according to an update from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“Firefighters worked in 90 degree temperatures, steep terrain and thick brush to gain a good amount of containment on the fire yesterday,” the division said. Firefighters at the Snoqualmie fire have encountered large wasp populations and many have been stung while they “dig line and mop up hotspots.”

Portions of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail that are on National Forest System land and the Great Western trail near the fire are closed, as is access to both trails from Hobbs Canyon.

No structures have been damaged by this wildfire. More than 100 homes initially were evacuated because of the fire, but the restrictions were lifted Tuesday evening.

The Snoqulamie Fire is the second in less than a week that burned through the mountains of Northern Utah.

The Gun Range Fire in Bountiful destroyed four homes and caused the evacuation of 400 others after it was sparked by a rogue campfire Friday, Aug. 30.

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