UPDATE: Wildfire grows by 400 acres in a day after fire embers from Lighthouse Canyon fire start another fire in Emery County

Sep 6, 2023, 8:45 PM | Updated: Sep 7, 2023, 8:57 pm

Lighthouse Fire has expanded by 400 acres in just 24 hours. (Utah Fire Info)

(Utah Fire Info)

UPDATE: Winds have flamed the Lighthouse Fire in Emery County, causing it to grow by 400 acres in just a day, according to Utah Fire Info. The charred acreage had increased from 350 to 750 acres, as of 8:40 p.m.

EMERY COUNTY, Utah — A new fire that ignited from the Lighthouse Fire in Emery County had created visible smoke in eastern Utah and western Colorado as of Wednesday night.

Just before 8 p.m., Utah Fire Info reported a spot fire, a fire that starts from embers of an existing fire being blown to another area, had begun in the Desolation Canyon Wilderness and had the attention of fire crews.

One plane and two helicopters were attacking the fire from above, while three engines & 12 smokejumpers were working to put out the fire and protect a nearby structure, according to Utah Fire Info. The blaze is burning 16 miles southeast of East Carbon on the east side of Range Creek in Lighthouse Canyon and smoke may be visible at times in parts of Carbon, Duchesne, Emery, Grand and Uintah counties.

The Lighthouse Canyon fire has burned 350 acres since it began Aug. 16 and is zero percent contained, according to Utah Fire Info. Thirty-two firefighters have fought the blaze. The cause of the fire is lightning.

The Utah wildfire season has been relatively quiet compared to previous years, according to Utah Fire Info. In 2023, there have been 675 wildfires and 13,900 acres burned in Utah. In 2022, there were 854 fires at this same time, and in 2021, there were 1,024.

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UPDATE: Wildfire grows by 400 acres in a day after fire embers from Lighthouse Canyon fire start another fire in Emery County