Flames across Utah have died down, firefighters are relaxing for the first time in a week, and fair weather is expected to roll in for the weekend.
Crews contained the 1,965-acre fire near Flaming Gorge Dam at 6 p.m. Thursday, Interagency Fire Center spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock said."They're sending guys home and they hope to have only four crews on tomorrow," Pollock said Thursday night.
Pollock credited rain in the Flaming Gorge area with helping douse the fire. It began last Saturday, allegedly from illegal fireworks. No time was estimated when the blaze would substantially be extinguished.
A 1,000-acre fire on High Creek near Mount Naomi east of Logan and a 30-acre fire near Morgan also were extinguished, she said.
Fires west of Kanosh, Millard County, and north of St. George that scorched 2,400 acres of desert brush and timber also were controlled Thursday.
A 400-acre fire burning in the Hot Springs area 15 south of Milford, Beaver County, also was stopped Thursday, said Ken Zobell, a dispatcher with the Forest Service's Richfield office.
The lightning-sparked blaze began about 6 p.m. Wednesday, consuming pinon, juniper and brush. "It burned most of the acreage then, so they monitored it, then they contained it at 6 p.m.," Zobell said.
"It's been a little hectic," the last week, he said. "We've had a lot of lightning. The lightning map for Utah for part of the 25th and the 26th (showed) there were almost 38,000 lightning strikes."
More than 5,000 lightning strikes were recorded Thursday in southwestern Utah. But the skies are clear at least through Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
"For the next couple of days it looks real good," said forecaster Ken Labas.
The firefighting effort in Yellowstone National Park, however, is not over. More than 2,700 firefighters were on the scene, officials said. The effort so far has cost more than $3.5 million, and the fires have consumed more than 95,000 acres.