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Containment of Black Mountain Fire possible Saturday

Published: Thursday, July 2 2015 12:49 p.m. MDT

Crews battle the Black Mountain Fire in Beaver County, Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

 (Steve Landeen, Deseret News) Crews battle the Black Mountain Fire in Beaver County, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Steve Landeen, Deseret News)

MINERSVILLE, Beaver County — Fire crews reported 80 percent containment of the Black Mountain Fire on Friday evening and were optimistic they would reach full containment Saturday.

Lightning sparked the fire Tuesday about 3 miles southeast of Minersville. As of 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4,566 acres had been burned.

Barring complications from weather, the Bureau of Land Management anticipates complete containment within a day. However, they advised that southern Utah residents could possibly continue to see smoke from a fire near Las Vegas.

The Chalk Hollow, Maple Springs, Black Mountain and Camel Hollow roads remain closed. No fire-related injures or evacuations were reported Friday.

The team fighting the fire included about 282 personnel, along with 12 fire engines, 10 hand crews, five various tankers and two helicopters.

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