COALVILLE, Summit County — Firefighters across the state didn't get a chance to rest from their labors Monday as at least three new fires flared up and others continued to blaze.
• A fire started east of Echo Reservoir in Summit County and was burning more than 350 acres "and growing," state fire officials said. Officials reported zero containment on the blaze, dubbed Tervels Fire. An eastbound lane of I-80 was closed from mile post 169 to 172 while crews worked. Echo Creek Ranches residents were told to prepare to evacuate should the need arise, state fire officials said.
Monday evening, state fire officials said the cause of the fire was arson and asked anyone with information to call the Summit County Sheriff's Department at 435-615-3500.
• A grass fire burning in Tooele near I-80 shut down eastbound traffic on the highway and Clinton Landing Road, according to dispatchers. Additional information, including the fire's size or cause, was not immediately available. Officials asked people to stay out of the area until the blaze is put out.
The Utah Division of Environmental Quality tweeted out a warning that, though the fire is burning in grass — which produces less smoke — people should be aware of air quality in the area. "A good rule of thumb, is if you can smell the smoke then concentrations are unhealthy," the division wrote.
• A new fire ignited 60 miles north of Vernal and was burning 2,500 acres on Bureau of Land Management land in the Green River District, state fire officials said. Officials said the blaze, dubbed Bender Mountain Fire, was human-caused. The Utah Division of Air Quality late Monday evening cautioned people in the area to "be aware of" potential air quality issues in the area.
• Ninety firefighters were working to contain a lightning-caused fire that started Aug. 28 northeast of Kamas. The blaze, called the Murdock Fire, is burning 300 acres and was 30 percent contained Monday. Fire officials said smoke may be visible from state Route 150 around Murdock Basin Road to the Bald Mountain Area.
• The Avon Fire, which started Thursday at the Avon Gun Range in Liberty, Weber County, was on track to be fully contained at about 780 acres Monday, according to Leann Fox with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.
• The Lakeside Fire, which ignited Saturday west of the Great Salt Lake, was also fully contained Monday at 9,900 acres, state fire officials said.