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Man charged in sex assault at fire camp agrees to plea deal

Man charged in sex assault at fire camp agrees to plea deal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. The woman approved the plea deal so she could avoid having to testify in the case, […]

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Utah cities hit by wildfire confronting burn-scar risks

Utah cities hit by wildfire confronting burn-scar risks

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah cities where wildfires forced thousands of people to evacuate in September are now beginning to confront the long-term damage, including possible mudslides and debris flow. The Daily Herald in Provo reports that Utah County is asking the federal government for $20 million to help deal with future […]

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Utah forester: Firefighting costs this year at $110 million

Utah forester: Firefighting costs this year at $110 million

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah State Forester Brian Cottam says the state’s wildfire season appears to be over and that it is adding up to be Utah’s most expensive ever. KSL-TV reports that Cottam told the Utah Executive Appropriations Committee that firefighting costs this year will total $1150 million. That total […]

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Utah pet vet housed many animals during wildfire evacuations

Utah pet vet housed many animals during wildfire evacuations

PROVO, Utah (AP) — When thousands of Utah residents were forced to flee their homes during a wildfire last month, their pets were displaced as well and many ended up at an animal hospital. Staff at the Payson Family Pet Hospital housed nearly double its normal capacity of animals as […]

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Some wildfire evacuees returned to homes south of Provo

Some wildfire evacuees returned to homes south of Provo

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Some fire evacuees have been allowed to return to their homes in northern Utah near a wildfire that has burned more than 640 square miles (1,657 sq. kilometer) Residents returned to their homes in Elk Ridge and Hills about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Provo […]

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Case moved to Provo for man accused in massive 2017 wildfire

Case moved to Provo for man accused in massive 2017 wildfire

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A judge has picked a new venue for the trial of a Utah man charged with accidentally starting a massive wildfire in southern Utah last year. Court records show 62-year-old Robert Lyman will be tried in Provo after a judge decided he couldn’t get a […]

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Crews expect increased containment of Pole Creek Fire

Crews expect increased containment of Pole Creek Fire

Crews have now gained 23 percent containment on the Pole Creek Canyon as of Tuesday Morning. At the morning fire meeting, crews said they expect containment to increase Tuesday for both the Pole Creek Fire which has burned 71,873 acres and the Bald Mountain Fire which has burned 14,866 acres. […]

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As crews fight Utah wildfire, evacuations may last weeks

As crews fight Utah wildfire, evacuations may last weeks

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Local officials say two Utah wildfires could keep evacuees out of their homes for weeks. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office and the mayor of Elk Ridge warned Monday that 6,000 residents could be ordered to stay away for at least two weeks. Firefighters say the […]

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Firefighter’s death caused by retardant drop from 747

Firefighter’s death caused by retardant drop from 747

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report says a firefighter battling the largest wildfire in California history was killed last month when thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid were dropped from a Boeing 747 flying only 100 feet (30 meters) above treetops. The retardant struck with such force it uprooted […]

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The Latest: Utah wildfire more than doubles in size

The Latest: Utah wildfire more than doubles in size

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a Utah wildfire that has forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A fast-moving Utah wildfire fanned by high-winds has more than doubled in size as it burns through dry terrain and forces evacuations of hundreds of […]

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