UT town waitsas fire hovers close

The small Utah town of Gunlock remained evacuated on Sunday, but firefighters have managed to keep the 59,000-acre fire four miles away.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 26, 2005


The small Utah town of Gunlock remained evacuated on Sunday, but firefighters have managed to keep the 59,000-acre fire four miles away.

About 64 of Gunlock’s 112 residents had evacuated, according to fire information reports. At least some residents were waiting - against the advice of emergency management officials - to see if the fire got closer.

The Bureau of Land Management reported the blaze was also nearing the community of Shivwits on the Paiute Indian Reservation, but that town had not been evacuated.

Hot, dry weather and 25-mph winds continued. About 400 firefighters were on the ground in Utah.

Gunlock - which suffered severe flooding in January - is 260 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

Across the west, firefighters were battling blazes in California, Arizona and Nevada that had consumed 200,000 acres.

Firefighters near Kelso, Calif., were battling a 65,000-acre blaze in the Mojave National Preserve. That fire has destroyed five homes, and was 15 percent contained over the weekend.

In Arizona, a 79,000-acre blaze was 20 percent contained after destroying 11 homes, and threatening a community northeast of Phoenix.

In Nevada, a 24,000-acre fire was burning in the mountains southwest of Las Vegas.

The west’s unusually wet spring has spurred growth of vegetation that is fueling the fires.


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