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Minersville Reservoir, Campground narrowly escape wildfire

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Posted at 8:26 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 18:34:46-04

MINERSVILLE, Utah -- A wildfire threatened a campground in Minersville Saturday evening.

The "Greenville Fire," estimated at 1,800 acres as of Sunday afternoon, is burning near Minersville Reservoir in Beaver County. It is 50 percent contained.

The fire was sparked by lightning late Saturday afternoon.

Officials said the fire was threatening the reservoir, as well as the nearby Minersville Campground at one point. A Facebook post from the Beaver County Commission later reassured that the campground was "still standing," and that the fire took out a power line but did not damage any structures or trailers.

On Sunday, the commission posted that the campground looked "like an oasis in the burnt desert" and thanked the fire crews that saved the area.

"All structures are in good shape, our trees got scorched and we will need a lot of cleanup work done, but we will be back open for business this week," the post read.

All campers were able to get out of the campground safely, including those with trailers.

A nearby ranch was also threatened.

State Route 21 was closed in the area and reopened late Saturday night.

Another lightning-caused fire was sparked not far from the Greenville Fire Sunday: The "Baboon Fire," named for the nearby Baboon Peak, is 300 acres as of Sunday afternoon with no containment yet. It is burning southwest of Minersville.