Ogden Canyon reopened after closure due to wildfire

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HUNTSVILLE (News4Utah) Ogden Canyon was reopened after a fire Wednesday afternoon. 

Utah Department of Transportation reported State Route 39 was closed in both directions at the mouth of Ogden Canyon. The road was re-opened to all traffic around 3:30 p.m. 

The situation is another example of how easily a fire can spark in the dry conditions. 

Firefighters were dispatched to the area around noon and they immediately began putting water on the fire. Some engines had to spray water across the river to get water on the flames as quickly as possible. 

Rock formations in the area helped by preventing the fire from spreading. At the time winds were calm and firefighters said they know they were lucky to get it out when they did. They said windy conditions could have easily pushed the fire out of control. 

“If this would have been two hours ago we would have probably had to burn some of this out to prevent it from going up the canyon,” said Barry Lock with Weber Fire District. 

Several residents were evacuated from nearby cabins and homes, but they have since been allowed to return.

Officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire. 

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