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Tooele County plane crash identified as cause of Morgan Canyon Fire

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Jun 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-20 18:41:02-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — Authorities have confirmed that the Morgan Canyon Fire was caused by a small plane crash Thursday evening.

The United States Department of Agriculture announced the update Sunday in a statement.

READ: Tracking the latest on Utah's wildfires

The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation, with the Tooele County Sheriff's Office assisting.

Authorities confirmed that two people died in the Piper PA-28-140 aircraft crash. Those individuals have not yet been identified.

The Morgan Canyon Fire has burned approximately 37 acres in the Deseret Peak Wilderness in Tooele County, southwest of Grantsville. It is currently 0% contained. Full suppression tactics are being utilized due to the current weather situation.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is also in place surrounding the fire. Use of drones is prohibited, and the public is asked to avoid the area to minimize impacting crews.