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Downed power lines, gusty winds cause fires near Strawberry Reservoir, officials suspect

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Posted at 8:06 PM, Apr 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-14 22:06:18-04

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — Two fires ignited off of State Route 40 near Strawberry Reservoir Tuesday afternoon.

Fire officials suspect the blazes were caused by downed power lines. Janet Carson, spokeswoman for Wasatch County Fire, said winds were gusting at 60 mph and crews found several downed lines in the area.

The first fire has burned about 10 acres and the second has burned about 200 acres. No structures have been threatened.

Although the flames are not contained, Carson said, the snow and cold temperatures are expected to help extinguish the blaze.

Thirty firefighters from Wasatch County initially responded to the fire. U.S. Forest Service has taken command.

Strawberry Reservoir is almost two hours southeast of Salt Lake City.