Wildfire nears UT town

Residents in Gunlock, Utah, evacuated Saturday as a 40,000-acre wildfire came within four miles, according to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reports.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 25, 2005


Residents in Gunlock, Utah, evacuated Saturday as a 40,000-acre wildfire came within four miles, according to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reports.

Gunlock was hit by flooding in January that washed out homes and bridges in that town and in St. George, about 20 miles southeast of Gunlock.

The fire grew substantially rather quickly as five separate blazes combined. The fire was expected to continue to grow Saturday but BLM officials said they could not predict whether Gunlock would be in its path, and that residents were evacuated as a precaution.

The small town in southwestern Utah is home to 350 people.

Firefighters also continued to battle several other big blazes over the weekend.

In California, firefighters were trying to surround a 52,000-acre fire in a wilderness preserve. There was no estimate on when that fire might be brought under control.

There was good news for some Arizona residents. A 60,000-acre fire turned away from an upscale community northeast of Phoenix, and residents began returning home Friday.

In Nevada, 19 different fires were burning nearly 54,000 acres of grass, brush and pine trees.


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