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3 fires keep eastsiders busy

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Three wildfires kept firefighters in eastern Summit County busy Thursday and Friday but no property was damaged and no one was injured as a result of the blazes, Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer said, adding that bolts of lightning started the fires.

The first blaze began Thursday on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service around 2 p.m. in the Log Hollow area near Woodland, he said, adding that the fire burned roughly 1/10 of an acre of land.

Fire crews from the Forest Service and South Summit Fire District helped contain the Log Hollow fire, Boyer said.

Around 5 p.m., lightning struck private property in the Big Piney Mountain area between Oakley and Rockport State Park, he said, adding that homes in the Maple Ridge area were not threatened.

Though firefighters from North and South Summit fully contained the blaze Thursday night, they were still mopping up hotspots near Oakley Friday morning, Boyer said, adding that witnesses may have watched as Forest Service officials surveyed the scene from an airplane.

Less than an acre was burned near Rockport, the fire warden said.

Finally, a fire on private land east of Echo Reservoir Friday around 1 a.m. also did not threaten buildings, Boyer said, adding that one tree perished in that blaze that scorched roughly a tenth of an acre of land.

"Everything went as it should go," Boyer said in an interview Friday, adding that he has responded to several fires caused by lightning during the past three weeks.


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