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Wildfire near Santaquin started by target shooters

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 06, 2020

SANTAQUIN, Utah -- Fire crews are working to contain a wildfire near Santaquin.

The "William Fire," which was sparked Sunday afternoon, was estimated at 1,200 acres as of Monday morning with 5 percent containment.

It is burning near Santaquin Canyon and the "Meadows" area of Pole Canyon.

--Image courtesy Utah Wildfire Info--

Pole Canyon has been closed, and Santaquin City Fire/EMS officials have asked that people avoid the general area and to "do your fire observation from a distance."

The Utah Highway Patrol made a similar request Monday as the smoke is highly visible from I-15.

"Just a reminder, it is unlawful to make a non-emergency stop on the interstate," UHP wrote on Twitter. "Please keep moving at or near freeway speed through this area."

Ground crews, multiple helicopters and air tankers are fighting the blaze.

No structures are threatened.

Authorities have determined the fire was caused by target shooters.

This article will continue to be updated with the latest information from officials.