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Fires continue to burn near Strawberry Reservoir

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STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Fire crews made progress on twin fires burning near Strawberry Reservoir Monday.

Containment grew as nearly 50 firefighters worked to control the flames which ignited Sunday afternoon.  

Updated mapping shows the fires burning near Highway 40 are smaller than first thought.  

The Trout Creek Fire is at 260 acres and 20 percent contained. 

The Soldier Creek Fire is just under 150 acres and is 40 percent contained. 
    
The fires are believed to have started near the highway at the same time within four miles of one other. 

“We’ve been out of power all night and all day and it gets a little chilly,” Reed Killpack said.

Several power poles burned, cutting off electricity to Strawberry Bay Marina. Killpack isn’t letting that stop him though. The store, lodge and even café remain open with help of a propane grill. 

“[Customers] have to have cowboy coffee. We make it in a pan instead of a coffee pot. So far it’s worked good,” Killpack said.
 
“I don’t know when the power is supposed to be restored but they are working on those lines,” Fire Spokesperson KJ Pollock said.

The fire intensity dwindled allowing 10 engines to get the upper hand. 

As the winds died down, so did the evacuation orders for cabin owners and deer hunters. But one question remains, how did the twin fires start? 

“We’ve had our fire investigator out. They’ve taken a look and right now. That’s all the information, they suspect it’s human caused and under investigation,” Killpack said.

A third fire also broke out Sunday around the same time, but crews contained right away.

There are no reports of any injuries or structures burned.

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