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Utah fire from May reignites and spreads rapidly amid heat, wind and lightning

Utah fire from May reignites and spreads rapidly amid heat, wind and lightning

Among the many ongoing, long-term blazes in the West, one stands out as a zombie thriving on heat, oxygen and fuel: Utah's Left Fork Fire.

Among the many ongoing, long-term blazes in the West, one stands out as a zombie thriving on heat, oxygen and fuel: Utah's Left Fork Fire.

It started May 9 when a prescribed burn got out of control and grew to an estimated 100 acres, officials said. It died down and was mopped up, then it reignited and smoldered through June, said Karl Hunt, a spokesperson for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands.

Late Saturday it came to life a third time, he said, and grew to an estimated 700 acres. The area north of the state's border with Arizona, which has had fire problems of its own, was hit with thunderstorms, including lightning, but the cause of the blaze's second restart was under investigation.

"We’ve had very high winds in this area," Hunt said.

With the summer solstice just two days away, the hottest season is looking as bad for wildfires as officials had predicted. The National Interagency Coordination Center said Sunday that there were four new large fires among 32 active fires, most in Alaska and the West.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/may-utah-fire-reignites-spreads-rapidly-heat-wind-lightning-rcna34334


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