Lightning sparks wildfire near Vernal

UPDATE: The North Blue Fire has burned an estimated 10 acres and is 80% contained, according to state fire officials.

“Firefighters on the ground were aided by aircraft dropping water and retardant,” read a Thursday evening tweet from Utah Fire Info.

UPDATE: #NorthBlueFire in Uintah County is estimated at 10 acres; 80% contained. Firefighters on the ground were aided by aircraft dropping water and retardants. #[email protected] pic.twitter.com/DhEwnlrHLj

— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) August 12, 2022

UINTAH COUNTY, Utah — Crews are responding to a new lightning-caused wildfire near Vernal.

The North Blue Fire — which is burning on Blue Mountain, about 20 miles east of Vernal — has burned about five acres, according to state fire officials.

NEW START: The #NorthBlueFire is burning on Blue Mtn about 20 mi. E of Vernal. Fire is about 5 acres. No structures threatened. 5 engines, an air attack plane, and 3 single-engine air tankers assigned. Cause: lightning. #blmgl pic.twitter.com/UGfxwlJArE

— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) August 11, 2022

Fortunately, no structures are being threatened.

According to a Thursday afternoon tweet from Utah Fire Info, five engines, an air attack plane, and three single-engine air tankers are assigned to fight the blaze.

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