Crews Scramble in Utah After New Lightning Fire

A new lightning-ignited wildfire in southwestern Utah had topped 439 acres Friday, even as crews completed containment of the 40-acre Aspen Springs Fire in Sanpete County, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

Thunderstorms that rolled through the region about 3 p.m. Thursday sparked the fire, which was being fought by a growing number of firefighters — about 140 who had the fire 40

percent contained by Friday evening. A fleet of fire-retardant dropping air tankers and water-bearing helicopters also were attacking the flames.

No injuries had been reported and no evacuations ordered. There was no estimated time for containment and crews focused on turning back fiery runs fed by tree-torching activity.

Overnight, the fire consumed an additional 200 acres, primarily along the fire’s southern flank. Flames approached four structures and a power line but were turned back.

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