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    Utah Wildfires Leave Three Dead

    Utah Wildfires Leave Three Dead


    Updated: 07-01-2007 09:12:13 AM

    The Associated Press

    NEOLA, Utah --

    As a fast-moving wildfire burned through a hay field, a man and his father who were working there told the man's 11-year-old son to run, a witness said.

    The boy escaped the fire, which had suddenly changed direction, but 43-year-old Tracy Houston and the boy's grandfather, 63-year-old George Houston, were killed by the flames, authorities said. A third man, 75-year-old Roger Roberson, was flown to Salt Lake City and died overnight, officials said Saturday.

    The boy was treated at and released from a hospital in Roosevelt, according to a newspaper report.

    The fire started north of Neola, about 100 miles east of Salt Lake City, on Friday morning. By Saturday afternoon, about 23 square miles, including part of Ashley National Forest in the northeastern corner of the state, had been consumed.

    "A fire wall came over that hill," Uintah County Sheriff Jeff Merrell told the Deseret Morning News. "The officers who were here said it just started sucking up all the air."

    Trevor Quick, a friend of the family, said the men apparently told the boy to run.

    Gov. Jon Huntsman requested aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after being flown over the area.

    In California, evacuated residents were returning to their burned-out streets Saturday after a separate wildfire near Lake Tahoe destroyed more than 200 homes and charred 3,100 acres, displacing about 3,500 people. Investigators said the blaze was started by an illegal campfire and was 80 percent contained.

    More firefighters departed the Lake Tahoe region. About 1,300 remained Saturday, compared with more than 2,000 the day before, said Steve Johnson, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

    Both wildfires were fueled by dry conditions in the West. In Utah, wind gusts Saturday were expected to reach up to 25 mph, fanning the flames even more. The cause of that wildfire was unknown.

    Meanwhile, north of Los Angeles, fire crews had a 19-square-mile blaze 80 percent contained, state fire department spokesman Rick Espino said Saturday.

    "We still have some areas of concern, but it's looking pretty good," Espino said.

    Four crew members had been injured battling the blaze that destroyed 12 homes and six buildings since it broke out Sunday night in steep canyons south of the San Joaquin Valley, officials said.

    And in Montana, a nearly 6-square-mile blaze near Yellowstone National Park was 60 percent contained Saturday, officials said. Evacuation orders remained in effect for 45 to 50 summer homes.


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    Utah Fire May Burn all Summer

    Utah Fire May Burn all Summer


    Updated: 07-04-2007 09:40:25 AM



    The Associated Press


    NEOLA, Utah --

    A wildfire that has killed three people and charred more than 62 square miles (160 square kilometers), including part of a national forest, could burn all summer even as hundreds of firefighters continue to fight it, a commander said.

    More than 700 firefighters have joined the battle with more expected to arrive to help protect homes and control the burn. The fire was 20 percent contained, and people evacuated in a string of small communities were told they could return Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the firefighters said.

    Since Friday, when three people were killed, the fire has burned nearly 40,000 acres (16,200 hectares) - about one-third in the Ashley National Forest and the rest on private and public land and the Uintah and Ouray Indian reservations.

    The fire is burning about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Salt Lake City, and most of its expansion was away from communities, officials said.

    Fire officials want to let the fire continue to burn in parts of the national forest to clear dead trees. Some small communities in the area still were under a mandatory evacuation.

    "We might have fire out there on that mountain this whole summer," said Kim Martin, incident commander.

    In California, a fire that destroyed 13 homes and 18 outbuildings in Kern County was contained Tuesday and crews were close to ringing a smaller fire near Santa Barbara. However, Southern California remained under an extreme fire threat because of drought and baking heat.

    Fire crews surrounded the 12,400-acre (5,000-hectare) blaze, which began on June 24 and was believed to be human-caused, officials said.


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