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Authorities seek 5 persons of interest in Taylor Canyon Fire

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 21:39:53-04

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — The Taylor Canyon Fire began burning near Waterfall Canyon trail Wednesday, and Thursday authorities announced they are looking for several persons of interest.

The fire forced evacuations among hikers when it broke out around 5 p.m. above the Mount Ogden Golf Course, and Thursday evening fire officials said the blaze is 90 percent contained and 50 personnel were on scene to fight the fire.

The fire has burned an estimated 10 acres as of Thursday, and fire officials said going forward they will have the fire on patrol and monitor status.

Investigators have identified several persons of interest whom they would like to interview, saying they may have information critical to the investigation. The individuals are described as being five males in their late teens or early 20s.

Two of the men are described as being Caucasian and three are described as Pacific Islanders. Some or all of the men were wearing clothing with camouflage patterns, and they were driving a dark-colored SUV. It is believed to be an older model of vehicle, possibly a Ford Explorer.

Anyone who was in the area of the 29th Street trailhead Wednesday or who knows anything about the individuals described or the fire should contact Weber County Dispatch at 801-395-8221.