Only a stretch of northern Utah from Logan running south to Provo, and a pocket of eastern Utah around Vernal , escaped inclusion in the National Weather Service's extreme fire risk advisory.
The region's largest blaze, the 6,251-acre White Rock Fire, was 90 percent contained. Fire Incident Commander John Kidd said full containment was expected sometime Saturday, after crews — once 300-strong, but in the process of being demobilized Friday — completed mopping up remaining hot spots. The fire was burning amid the pinyon, juniper, sagebrush and grass in the Hamlin Valley area along the Nevada-Utah border, about 25 miles northeast of Caliente, Nev.
Wildfires keeping crews busy across southcentral Utah.
The White Rock Fire was begun by lightning on June 1. On June 2, an air tanker crash killed two Idaho pilots. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have been at the crash site this past week trying to determine a cause.
More than 400 firefighters were pulling out all the stops in trying to bring to heel the Lost Lake Fire, southwest of the Wayne County town of Teasdale. GPS mapping revised the size of that blaze to just over 1,900 acres, down from an earlier estimate of 2,300. Interagency Fire Center spokesman Jason Curry said Friday that the fire was 10 percent contained.
"We don't have an estimate for when it will be fully contained. The wind events expected this weekend make that sort of a wild-card situation," he said. "If we get past the wind, then we'll have a better idea."
Curry said a voluntary evacuation of six summer homes along the fire's edge remained in place.
By Friday afternoon, crews battling the flames in grass and timber expected a big boost with five large "Type I" water-bearing helicopters expected to join the fray. "Those heavy helicopters can dump a lot of water on the fire," Curry said.
The Lake Creek Fire in Garfield County, about 10 miles northwest of Boulder and 15 miles north of Escalante, had topped 1,100 acres. About 120 firefighters were battling that blaze. There was no estimate for its containment.
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