SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - More than two dozen fires are burning across Utah after several more were ignited by lighting in the northwest corner of the state.
Authorities say most of the fires are in rural areas although smoke is affecting St. George and Salt Lake City.
Rain overnight slowed growth of the Baboon fire that has charred 19,000 acres south of Minersville in southwestern Utah.
Bureau of Land Management spokesman Don Carpenter says evacuation orders have been lifted on a nearby farm and Highway 130 has been reopened.
Elsewhere, lighting set off five new fires late Thursday in far northwestern Utah, bringing to seven the number burning in the high-desert grasslands about 20 miles north of the tiny Box Elder County community of Grouse Creek. The Red Butte fire grew to 1,000 acres but no homes are threatened.
Thirteen fires started by lighting continue burning along the Arizona strip. The Hobble complex of fires has burned 18,000 acres while the Plateau fire is estimated at 4,500 acres. Smoke from the fires is affecting St. George to the north, prompting city officials to warn residents against going outside.
Another fire in Tooele County has burned 350 acres and is blowing smoke into Salt Lake City.
Officials say additional rain in the forecast should aid firefighting efforts.
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