WILDFIRES

1,000th Wildfire Reported In Utah; 75% Of Fires Human-Caused

Aug 7, 2020, 9:21 PM
Parley's Fire (Photo: Utah Fire Info)...
Parley's Fire (Photo: Utah Fire Info)
(Photo: Utah Fire Info)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – State fire officials said the 1,000th wildfire was ignited and quickly extinguished in southeastern Utah on Friday.

Of those 1,000 fires, 750 or 75% have been reported as human-caused.

Crews continue to battle fires across the state, including the Parleys Fire, which forced the Mt. Aire area to evacuate and closed I-80 for an extended period of time Friday.

Investigators believe that fire was started by dragging chains on a dump truck. It was 15% contained Friday night and has burned an estimated 80 acres.

Crews are also battling the Upper Provo and Richard Mountain fires, which have burned 480 and 7,663 acres.

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1,000th Wildfire Reported In Utah; 75% Of Fires Human-Caused