BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah, July 30, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Two wildfires burning on the Utah-Nevada border have merged, making one blaze that has grown to 100,000 acres.
The Goose Creek Fire, which ignited Thursday evening, met with the China Jim Fire, which ignited Saturday morning, and the blaze is 15 percent contained. It is thought that lighting strikes caused the Goose Creek Fire; the cause of the China Jim Fire is not yet known.
Nevada Interagency Team 3 took over management of the Goose Creek Fire, as the fused blazes are now called, at 6 p.m. Saturday, according to a post from the InciWeb website, and a total of 306 personnel are currently assigned to the incident.
“Continued spread to the south toward White Rock Peak and east towards Etna, Utah will continue through the evening and the majority of the night threatening the community,” a Sunday evening post said.
Crews will provide for public safety and structure protection for the community of Etna and several local ranches. Teams will construct containment lines aided by aircraft to slow the spread.
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