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Friday, July 13, 2012

Some of the wildfires making news this morning

New Utah wildfires sparked as lightning strikes
Containment is near for bigger wildfires elsewhere in state.
By Bob Mims  The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jul 12 2012 07:29 am • Updated 3 hours ago
Containment is near for bigger wildfires elsewhere in state.
New wildfires were keeping crews busy across Utah, but firefighters were near containment on several other blazes.
A wildfire in Iron County sparked by lightning tore through 17,000 acres Thursday. Called theBaboon Fire, the blaze was moving quickly west early Thursday evening, causing the evacuation of Circle Four Farms, a large pig farm. That evacuation was lifted by 9 p.m., but State Road 130 near Minersville remained closed.

Wildfire spreading, perils 150 homes at Foresthill
By Max Ehrenfreund, Cathy Locke and Bill Lindelof
Published: Friday, Jul. 13, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
High temperatures, low humidity and wind thwarted efforts to contain a fire near Foresthill, which grew to at least 800 acres Thursday, one of the largest wildfires in the Sacramento region this season.

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Community of Frenchglen now on wildfire evacuation alert
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 5:09 PM     Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 5:21 PM

Ranchers near Frenchglen in Harney County scrambled to move livestock on Thursday as a new evacuation warning went into effect against a fast-moving wildfire that has spread to more than 60,000 acres. 

Lightning sparks multiple fires
More than 25,000 acres burned by new blazes

ST. GEORGE — Lightning sparked dozens of fires Wednesday and Thursday in Southern Utah and the Arizona Strip, threatening farms and communities, stretching the region’s firefighting resources and covering much of the area in smoke.
In the Arizona Strip, crews were fighting 13 lightning-caused fires as of late Thursday night, including the 18,000-acre Hobble Complex Fire, about 35 miles south of St. George, which fire managers said sent clouds of smoke into the city late Thursday. They were also battling the 4,500-acre Plateau Fire, about 65 miles south of St. George, and a number of other fires of various sizes,

Alberta fire blankets Saskatchewan in smoke

By Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenix; With Files From Postmedia News July 13, 2012 4:04 AM
People in Saskatoon woke up Thursday morning to smoky skies thanks to a massive wildfire in Alberta.
The forest fire in the northwestern part of that province has already burned approximately 1,000 square kilometres of timber and bush. Smoke from the fire blew into Saskatchewan and blanketed much of the Prairie sky.




OLYMPIA, Wash., July 12 -- The Washington state Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release:
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in the fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands.

Report: Arcing Power Lines Caused Utah Wildfire
By PAUL FOY and BRIAN SKOLOFF | July 13, 2012
A Utah wildfire that destroyed 160 structures, 52 homes and left one man dead was caused by arcing between power transmission lines that were built too closely together and sent a surge to the ground that ignited dry grass, a fire investigator said Wednesday.
The central Utah Wood Hollow Fire began June 23 and wasn’t fully contained for 10 days, costing nearly $4 million to fight, according to state officials. Officials said 160 structures total were destroyed. The 75-square-mile blaze began when winds caused two sets of high-voltage power lines to either touch or swing close enough to each other to create a surge than swept down the poles into dry brush, said Deputy Utah Fire Marshal Troy Mills.
Rocky Mountain Power, which owns the lines, said a thief stripped protective cooper wire from its poles that may have prevented the surge.

Luke Fuller, with Salmon Track Rural Fire District, watches an air tanker drop retardant on a wildfire north of Jackpot, Nev., on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Photo: The Times-News, Ashley Smith / AP

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