- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a series of wildfires burning in Utah in record heat and windy conditions (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A fast-moving wildfire has shut down a state highway in southwest Utah and is threatening structures near a small town just west of U.S. Interstate 15.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman Nick Howell says the Blackmountain fire has burned an estimated 6 square miles (15 sq. kilometers) since it broke out Thursday afternoon south of Minersville.

State Highway 130 has been closed in the area north of Cedar City. It’s not clear how many homes or other structures might be in danger.

Howell says the fire is believed to be human-caused.

It’s one of more than a half-dozen wildfires crews are battling across Utah in record heat and gusty winds. The entire state is now under a red flag warning.

No serious injuries have been reported but a firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation at the Fruitland Shed fire in Duchesne County southeast of Salt Lake City where at least two homes and some out buildings were destroyed on Wednesday.

The Rough Canyon fire near the Idaho line has burned nearly 5 square miles (13 sq. kilometers) since it started Wednesday.


1:10 p.m.

Fire crews in Utah are battling a series of wild land blazes in record heat and windy conditions.

The National Weather Service said Thursday the overnight low at the airport in Salt Lake City only got down to 79 degrees. That smashed the old record-high minimum temperature for the date set in 1919 at 75 degrees.

Provo tied the record high of 102 on Wednesday set in 2015. The high of 101 in Myton on Wednesday broke the old record of 100 set in 1994.

The heat combined with winds gusting up to 30 mph have triggered a red flag warning across all of Utah with the exception of a slice of northern Utah at the Idaho border to the south of Provo.

Everywhere west of Interstate 15 and south of Interstate 70 is included in the warning, as well as all of Duchense, Carbon, Grand and Uintah counties.


8:25 a.m.

Wildfires burning in Utah have destroyed at least three homes and are threatening about a dozen others.

The homes were destroyed Wednesday by the Fruitland Shed fire burning in Duchense County southeast of Salt Lake City. That 20-acre (8-hectare) fire is estimated to be 75 percent contained.

The biggest fire has burned more than 3 square miles (7.7 sq. kilometers) in the wilderness of the Dixie National Forest in southwest Utah between St. George and Cedar City. Officials said Thursday that West Valley fire is threatening about 10 homes.

No evacuations have been ordered and no injuries reported. But crews say there’s been no containment and they’re worried about a forecast for hot, windy conditions Thursday afternoon.

Another fire, the Rough Fire burning in Box Elder County near the Idaho line, has also burned about 3 square miles.

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