Broad Canyon Fire expands to nearly 21,000 acres

Box Elder County officials say the Broad Canyon Fire near the Idaho border has torched nearly 21,000 acres (about 30 square miles) as of 1 p.m. Friday and was 30 percent contained. The fire has burned approximately 20,614 acres.

Box Elder County Fire Marshal Corey Barton said Friday the fire destroyed three structures: a ranchers’ cabin as well as a camp trailer and a mobile home.

All three were vacant, and no one has been hurt. A handful of isolated farmhouses and other structures in the mountainous area are threatened.

Approximately 195 personnel from multiple agencies are assisting on the fire, including five planes and a number of helicopters. Barton says investigators believe someone accidentally started the blaze, but he couldn’t immediately say exactly what sparked it.

According to a press release, the fire jumped defensive lines and is moving west to the Pocatello Valley. The Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf club is being threatened, but crews are working to protect it. The status of any events scheduled at the club are pending.

Fire authorities say smoke has drifted into Pocatello Valley in Idaho and the Salt Lake City area, about 85 miles south of the fire.

Box Elder County Fire and partnering organizations express their appreciation to the businesses and community members who have donated supplies to those fighting the wildfire, including food and water. Anyone wishing to make a donation to assist the firefighters can drop off items at the Plymouth Town Park located at 20120 North 5200 West.

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