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Firefighters gaining ground in Dalton Wash Fire

Posted at 9:08 PM, Jun 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-10 19:43:46-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — Firefighters began seeing some success Friday in their fight against a wildfire that broke out in Washington County a day earlier.

State fire officials reported the Dalton Wash Fire is now 30% contained as it spans just 350 acres, down from an earlier high of 600 acres.

Approximately 30 people were forced to evacuate from a nearby "tiny homes" site and three private residences. Those people are expected to be let back into their homes by Saturday morning.

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The fire was caused by a vehicle rollover and is being driven by wind, which is one reason why grew very rapidly.

Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue reported no structures have been lost in the blaze, although five were threatened.

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Firefighters will continue to secure the fire's edge on Friday night "in order to prepare for the fire weather watch this weekend," according to Utah's Bureau of Land Management.