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Scott G Winterton, Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Firefighters battle a fire burning in Tooele County Thursday, May 17, 2012.
(We) expect to be 100 percent contained by tonight if things go as planned. —Jason Curry of Utah's Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

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TOOELE — Crews battling a fire that had grown to more than 1,000 acres between Tooele and Cedar Fort were aided by rain Friday as they worked to contain the blaze.

"Obviously, that helps a lot," said Jason Curry of Utah's Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. "Crews are able to work faster to establish containment lines."

The fire started early Thursday due to an equipment malfunction. Curry said the internal components of a catalytic converter were found and determined to be the origin of the fire.

Fueled by high winds, the blaze grew to an estimated 500 acres and led to a two-hour closure of state Route 73. On Friday, Curry said the fire had expanded to 1,386 acres.

The fire was 60 percent contained by midday Friday and was not threatening any buildings. Sixty firefighters were working the fire, including two hand crews and one "hot shot" crew.

"Things are looking really good," Curry said. "(We) expect to be 100 percent contained by tonight if things go as planned," he said Friday evening.

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