Crews continue to battle Utah wildfires

Posted at 8:00 AM, Aug 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-14 08:49:22-04

Wildfires continue to ravage parts of Utah Wednesday.

There are seven wildfires burning across the state, but the Patch Springs, State and Millville fires are the largest of the seven

The State Fire has now scorched more than 21-thousand acres, and has jumped the Idaho border where it's burning in the Samaria Mountains. The Bureau of Land Management said the threat to homes is minimal, but the State Line Road and Portage Canyon Road are closed. The State Fire is about 45 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

The most visible fire from the Salt Lake Valley is the Patch Springs Fire in Tooele County. That blaze was started by lightning on Saturday. So far, it has burned more than 10,000 acres in Skull Valley and is about 15 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

Crews said about 12 structures are threatened by the Patch Springs Fire. Crews brought in bulldozers to build a fire line in front of the town of Terra, and they said the fire line appears to be holding.

The Millville Fire is also in burning in northern Utah, just east of Hyrum in Cache County. It has burned about 2,250 acres and is about 20 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

An additional 100 firefighters arrived Monday to help fight the Millville Fire. Millville Canyon remains closed, but no structures in the area are threatened.

FOX 13 will update this story with the latest wildfire information as soon as it becomes available.