Portage wildfire is 40% contained

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UPDATE: The Portage wildfire has spread 332 acres and is 40 percent contained. 

The crew count is now up to 45 and will likely double in the next couple of hours. Crews from the other Box Elder Fire in Willard are expected to finish fighting the Murry Hill fire and join the fight to stop the Portage fire. 

Structures and a herd of cows were threatened but they neither of them have come in contact with the fire. 


PORTAGE, Utah (ABC4)-Another wildfire broke out Box Elder County which is southeast of Portage, Utah, and east of  I-15. So far, it’s spread an estimated 50 acres and it isn’t contained. 

14 firefighters from Box Elder County Fire, Portage Fire, Plymouth Fire, Fielding Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service in Pocatello, Idaho, are fighting the flames. 

The gusty wind conditions, which have gotten up to 20 MPH in the area, have contributed to the spreading of the fire. Fire officials are still investigating what started the blaze.

According to Box Elder County officials, the fire is in a location that’s hard to access and the area is surrounded by sagebrush. 

No structures are being threatened at this time unless the wind changes direction. 

This is the fifth fire to break out in the last 24 hours. The Portage fire is the second wildfire to break out in the last 24 hours in Box Elder County. The first fire, which broke out near Willard City, is called the Murry Hill Fire. It has burned an estimated 144 acres so far. 

The largest fire in the state has consumed at least 2,500 acres in Maeser, Utah.  

In addition, two wildfires burn near Cedar City in Dixie National Forest. The larger fire, the North Fire, has spread an estimated 500 acres. The smaller fire, the Grass Valley fire, has burned about 13 acres. 

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