Middle Canyon Fire in Tooele County 90 percent contained, officials say

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TOOELE COUNTY (News4Utah) – The Middle Canyon Fire has consumed nearly 200 acres and was human-caused, fire crews say.

As of Thursday morning, the fire was 90 percent contained and had consumed 171 acres. 

While structures are safe for now, crews on the ground are lacking as resources are stretched thin and they worry coming winds could push things out of hand.

Crews used a barrage of air support to try and get a handle on the Middle Canyon Fire. By the afternoon winds had pushed the flames faster.

“It was sitting at about five acres and they had some winds move in and it really just increased the acreage of the fire,” said LeAnn Fox, public information officer.

The early part of the fire forced residents like Bill Moss to evacuate, and he quickly had to quickly gather his most important things 

“Went into my office and got my M&M collection and my Star Wars or my Star Trek,” said Moss.

It also included his collection of cars and other toys. Moss says he couldn’t have done it without total strangers helping.

“Yeah it was kinda nice, I don’t know if I could have done it by myself. Would have had to let it sit and burn,” said Moss.

Eventually, Moss was let back into his home, but it took him some time to get all his stuff back in.

The closure of campgrounds in the canyon impacted some who traveled for the Country Fan Fest in Grantsville, and some ended up at the venue’s camping area instead.

For now, homes and other property are safe.

Officials said the toughest part is getting more boots on the ground.

“Our resources are incredibly limited we are not expecting more resources until tomorrow. There are fires all over the west and here in Utah so it’s hard to get the people we need,” said Fox.

Like many areas of Utah the smoke is starting to build up here in Tooele as well, but those here for the concerts say they won’t let it bother them.

The biggest worry about the fire is that it could get pushed by the winds before more crews can arrive to help cut lines to try and stop it. 

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