Three major fires that have consumed a total of about 5,600 acres have all been contained and were expected to be under control by Saturday night.
Firefighters on Friday licked a stubborn 1,400-acre brush and forest fire that had raged in Zion National Park since June 19.Chief Park Ranger Bob Andrew said most of the 320 people who battled the blaze and practically all their equipment were being removed from the fire site Saturday. He said about 20 local people could be called back immediately if the fire, which is not expected to burn itself out for another 30 days, gets out of control again.
A 3,500-acre fire that started Wednesday on Bureau of Land Management land near Beryl in southwestern Utah was also under control Saturday, according to Pete Hansen, of the Interagency Fire Center in Salt Lake City.
And a wind-fed lightning fire that began Wednesday near Echo in northeastern Utah and more than doubled in size by Friday was contained late Friday. More than 60 firefighters expected to have it controlled by late Saturday.
The 650-acre, Saw Mill Canyon fire "blew up Thursday afternoon and jumped the canyon," said Hansen. But a dispatcher said the fire was under control to the point that most of the crew was being sent home Saturday, leaving only a six-man crew to keep an eye on the area.