Heat, wind fuel fire in Box Elder County

A fast moving, wind-fueled wildfire was burning out of control late Wednesday night in Box Elder County. By about 10 p.m., a pilot flying over the fire estimated the blaze had already consumed about 1,000 acres, said spokesman Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. It was not contained.According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Curry said the fire, burning on the north end of the Promontory Mountains in the area of Mount Tarpey south of the Golden Spike, was first reported about 7:30 p.m.He said the blaze was burning north, fueled by winds of at least 15 mph.”A fast moving fire like this can cover a lot of ground,” he said.There were no reports of structures threatened but Curry said there are structures like the Fort Ranch airstrip east of the fire.”There’s a lot of remote ranch houses and structures in the area,” he said.The cause was under investigation. He said about a half-dozen different fire departments were battling the fire.

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