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Lightning sparks fires across Utah, evacuates Tooele homes

Published: Monday, July 21 2014 9:46 p.m. MDT

Lightning sparked a number of fires across Utah on Monday, including a blaze near Tooele that evacuated homes.

Andrew Adams, Deseret News

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TOOELE — A fire near the Tooele Gun Club took off Monday evening prompting evacuations in some Tooele neighborhoods.

It was just one of at least 10 fires burning throughout Utah.

The Anaconda Fire in Tooele had burned an estimated 160 acres and was growing Monday evening. The lighting-caused blaze started small and was quickly doused on Sunday but flared up again on Monday due to heat and wind.

Ten homes near the Pine Canyon area on the east side of Tooele were evacuated about 8 p.m. while another 20 were placed on standby, with displaced residents moved to a Red Cross command center in an LDS meetinghouse at 752 N. 520 East.

No containment on the fire was reported Monday evening.

• The Sheep Fire, burning near Lookout Pass and Vernon, had burned an estimated 1,780 acres Monday with no containment. The fire was caused by lightning and closed the road through Lookout Pass.

Additional resources were being called in to tackle the fire Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management reported. The fire was threatening sage grouse and mule deer habitats but no human structures.

• About eight miles south of Grantsville, the South Mountain Fire had burned about 25 acres Monday. The cause was undetermined.

• The Lucky Fire, near Simpson Springs Road and Simpson Mountain, had burned an estimated 38 acres and was reportedly caused by lightning. No containment was reported on either fire.

• The Flats Fire, near Indian Peak, had burned an estimated 160 acres. The cause was undetermined.

Weber County

• A fire in Weber Canyon near Taggart grew to 200 acres Monday, causing concern for homes and about smoke being pushed onto I-84.

The fire was caused by lightning.

• The Indian Fire, which started Saturday in a steep, rocky area east of 24th Street in Ogden, is suspected to be human caused and was reported at 70 percent containment Monday. It had burned an estimated 50 acres.

Utah County

• A fire near Lincoln Beach Park at Utah Lake burned an estimated 65 acres. Named te Bandit Flat Fire, it was believed to have been sparked by target shooters at a popular shooting area nearby. Crews had doused the south end of the fire and expected it to burn out as it approached the lake.

Carbon County

• Lightning caused two small fires in Carbon County on Monday. The Bear Canyon Fire had burned between 5 and 8 acres east of Carbon.

• The Cottonwood Ridge Fire, burning south of Nine Mile Canyon, burned between 10 and 20 acres. No containment was reported Monday.

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