Officials say military training accident sparked fire near Dugway Proving Grounds

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jun 11, 2014

DUGWAY, Utah — A wildfire that sparked Wednesday and burned more than 900 acres near the Dugway Proving Grounds was ignited by a military training accident officials said Saturday.

Dugway Proving Ground officials were first notified of the fire shortly after 10 a.m., and by Thursday around 6 p.m. officials said the fire has been 100 percent contained.

On Saturday officials said the fire was started as a result of a military training accident. Further details were not provided, and officials with the Bureau of Land Management stated in a press release: “The Utah National Guard and Dugway Proving Grounds are cooperating with the BLM and conducting their own investigations.”

Officials said Thursday about 1,500 acres had been burned, but later they adjusted that estimate to about 929 acres.

The fire started on the southern border outside of the proving ground, the statement said.

Dugway’s firefighters worked with firefighters from Terra and the Bureau of Land Management to put out the blaze.