Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Anaconda Fire Burns More Than 1,000 Acres

Several families are back in their homes today after a wildfire in Tooele County (UT) prompted evacuations, reports KUTV.

The Anaconda Fire, which has burned over 1,000 acres, was ignited by a lightning strike on Sunday and flared up again on Monday due to shifting wind. The fire evacuated 10 homes, and left seven homes on standby Monday evening. The evacuated families were let back into their homes later that night, but emergency managers warned residents to be ready at a moments notice in case the fire spreads.

FEMA pledged Tuesday to help cover some of the firefighting costs.

The wildfire is located near a gun club about four miles east of Tooele. The fire started Sunday and was rekindled Monday afternoon. Another fire earlier this season destroyed the gun club. The only structure in the area left to burn is a double wide trailer that replaced the building.

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