SALT LAKE CITY — As crews fought to save homes from the Rockport Fire in Summit County, other fires around the state continued to burn Thursday and a new fire erupted in Juab County.
A wildfire in the Maple Mountain area southwest of Eureka ignited just before 1 p.m. Thursday and quickly grew to more than 175 acres. No known structures were threatened, but significant smoke drew a lot of concerned phone calls.
Crews from Juab County and the Bureau of Land Management responded.
The fire was renamed the 222 Fire after disputes over the name assigned by the Central Utah Interagency Fire organization, originally calling it the Triple Deuce Fire. This is the 222nd fire the BLM has responded to this year.
After a "significant run" in the the Millville Fire in Cache County on Wednesday prompted a mandatory evacuation of areas along a segment of the Blacksmith Fork road and an area along the Left Hand Fork road, crews reported the spread of the fire had been slowed. Structures are threatened within that area, and deputies evacuated cabins and campgrounds.
About 2,800 acres have burned and the fire was 30 percent contained. More than 170 personnel were battling the Millville Fire, which started Sunday morning by lightning.
A red flag alert remained in effect Thursday because of winds and low humidity, the same conditions that contributed to Wednesday’s run. Trails in the Left Hand Fork, Richards Hollow, Herd Hollow and Gray Cliff springs areas were closed.
The State Fire near Portage, Box Elder County, had burned 25,400 acres and was 60 percent contained Thursday. The fire began Aug. 8.
The lightning-caused fire north of Portage and southwest of Malad, Idaho, was being fought by 358 personnel and has burned private property in Box Elder County, Pocatello Valley and BLM land in Idaho.
Varying wind speeds, high temperatures and low humidity fueled active fire behavior. As the fire burned through the afternoon that behavior became extreme, creating a large smoke plume and several "fire whirls."
Patch Springs Fire
In Tooele County’s Skull Valley, the Patch Springs Fire had burned 14,000 acres and was 20 percent contained. The fire was within 1 mile of Terra in Skull Valley. Fire officials evacuated homes in the Willow community, located northeast of Terra, as a precaution as the fire moved in.
State Route 199 (Johnson’s Pass) was closed Thursday evening as a safety precaution for firefighters working in the area.
The lightning-caused wildfire began Saturday and is being fought by more than 160 personnel. The north end is burning in Antelope Canyon.
The Tank Fire is 50 percent contained and crews are focusing on mopping up "interior islands" left in its wake. It has burned 94 acres in Spanish Fork Canyon in Utah since lightning sparked it Sunday.
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Started by lightning on July 16, the Grace Fire is in a "contained and confined" situation, as it is allowed to burn naturally to improve areas of the Dixie National Forest about 12 miles north of Escalante. The fire has shown little growth after burning just shy of a month and has consumed an estimated 245 acres.
Mount Elmer Fire
The Mount Elmer Fire, located southeast of Mount Elmer in the Mount Naomi Wilderness Area about 10 miles northeast of Logan, was ignited by lightning Friday. The fire exhibited significant smoke Wednesday and was easily visible from Logan. The fire is not yet staffed due to higher priority fires elsewhere, but the Forest Service is monitoring the blaze.