Two eastern Utah wildfires have been controlled just in time for firefighters to pack their shovels and respond to a fire near Cedar City that started Wednesday.
A blaze dubbed the Cougar Spur fire was burning out of control on Indian Peak about 45 northwest of Cedar City and had burned about 200 acres by Thursday morning.A dispatcher for the Bureau of Land Management said the cause of the fire has not been determined, but there are indications it was man-caused.
Two 20-man crews, a bulldozer and three fire engines from the state and U.S. Forest Service had been sent to fight the blaze Wednesday, and a third crew was called in Thursday morning.
Fire crews on Thursday morning could not predict when the fire would be contained, the dispatcher said.
There are no cabins on the BLM land engulfed in the fire, but there are several isolated mining claims that have been surrounded.
Meantime, crews in eastern Utah reined in two lightning-caused fires burning since Sunday in the Dry Fork and Diamond Mountain areas.
The 30-acre Dry Fork fire west of Vernal was controlled at 6 p.m., and crews were being released, said Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center dispatcher Kim Bartel.
He said the Diamond Mountain Fire, located about 25 miles northeast of Vernal, was controlled about the same time after scorching 150 acres of juniper and pinion. Two engines remained behind to patrol the area.
"It's all quiet right now," Bartel said Wednesday night. "Now it's the southern part of the state that's starting to burn. We're sending people down there now."