- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A handful of wildfires was burning Monday in northern Utah, officials said, but none posed a threat to homes, though one forced some evacuations over the weekend.

Crews have mostly contained a 50-acre blaze near Ogden that forced people to flee their homes and shut down a power line Saturday. Residents early Sunday morning were permitted to return to about 20 houses.

“Things are looking really good,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kim Osborn said. “There’s no threat right now.”

Investigators believe someone started the fire, said Jason Curry, a spokesman with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. But officials have not officially identified a cause.

Lightning sparked another blaze in Tooele County this weekend. Crews are working to prevent the 160-acre fire near Indian Peak from spreading toward communications groundwork.

Also over the weekend, workers from several agencies contained five fires in northwestern Utah. Heavy weekend rains also helped subdue the flames, the North Summit Fire Department said in a statement Monday.

Officials urged Utah residents to obey fireworks and other fire-related restrictions as heat and wind pick up, especially on Thursday, which is Pioneer Day. The celebration honors the 1847 arrival of pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.

“We’re trying to keep our resources positioned,” Curry said. “There may be more just waiting as it gets hotter, drier and windier today, so we want to jump on those and keep them small.”

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