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‘Iron Hill Fire’ burning south of Saratoga Springs triggered by target shooters

Posted at 4:44 PM, Aug 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-11 21:58:57-04

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah -- Firefighters on the ground and in the air are battling a fire south of Saratoga Springs Saturday.

The Iron Hill Fire fire started around 11:30 a.m. in an area about six miles south of Saratoga Springs.

By 8:00 p.m. Saturday night, the fire had burned 1400 acres and was 25 percent contained.

A 20 person crew is staying the night on top of Lake Mountain to protect  communications towers and buildings, including Fox 13 properties.

The fire was started by a pair of target shooters, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office.

The shooters called the fire department and stayed at the scene to talk with investigators.

Cannon says investigators will determine whether the target shooters will face any charges.

The fire had burned a few hundred acres as of Saturday afternoon according to the city of Saratoga Springs.

Crews from the Bureau of Land Management,  Saratoga Springs and Utah County battled the blaze and made good progress.

Two helicopters and two planes are also battling the fire.