Fire burns more than 70 acres in Uintas |

Fire burns more than 70 acres in Uintas

Firefighters are blaming lightning for starting a wildfire near Hoop Lake in the Uinta Mountains on June 12.

The Coalmine Fire, which had burned more than 70 acres on the North Slope by Tuesday, was reportedly still blazing out of control.

"We don’t have any estimated time of containment or control," U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock said.

The fire was burning in a rugged part of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest near the Wyoming state line, she added.

"They’re getting some wind it will move with that wind but it can also blow embers," Pollock said, adding that humidity in the area is low. "It’s burning in heavy timber and litter on the forest floor."

Firefighters are trying to use natural barriers, like rocky outcroppings, to secure a line around the southwest side of the fire, she said during a telephone interview Tuesday.

The Forest Service had requested four 20-person crews and six fire engines to join several fire trucks and a helicopter already fighting the blaze.

"If people are going to be out this weekend, they do need to be cautious with their campfires," Pollock said. "And make sure that they are only riding their ATVs on designated roads or trails."

— Patrick Parkinson

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