4 wildfires in Box Elder County burned over 8,000 acres

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FIRE UPDATES 6/04/2020: The fires are now contained.

The Matlin fire burned 6,292 acres. The Peplin Fire burned 558 acres, and the BarHFire burned 1, 352 acres.


BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Firefighters continue to battle three wildfires in Box Elder County that started Wednesday while containing a new small fire caused by a local farmer.

The Matlin fire is estimated at 8,000 acres. According to fire officials, firefighters are challenged by strong winds as they work to contain the fire. Some railroad structures on the old transcontinental railroad were destroyed as a result of the fire. It is 50% contained.

The Peplin fire is estimated at 1,000 acres but fire officials say it has not threatened any structures. Winds are also posing a challenge to firefighters and resources responding to the fire.

The third fire which fire officials say was caused by lightning is located in Hansel Valley. This fire has been named the BarH fire and has burned 1,352 acres. Firefighters are also struggling to fight this fire due to strong winds but it is currently 85% contained.

Crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Box Elder County Fire, Box Elder County Road Department, Weber County, Cache County, and air support worked most of the evening Wednesday and all night on the first three fires and officials said they are hopeful to have them all contained by the end of the day Thursday. The biggest issue was a lack of water resources in that region to help fight the fire.

A fourth fire, called the GoldenSpikeFire, which was directly across from the Golden Spike Historic Park, was human-caused by a local farmer who was using a cutting torch while installing a gate.

Officials said he was able to help fight the fire by using his tractor to help contain the fire along with the firefighters. That fire is out and contained and ended up being around 2 acres.

This is a developing story. updates will be posted as they become available.

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