Baboon Fire Explodes, Specialized Hog Farm Evacuated
The lightning caused Baboon fire quickly more than doubled in size to over 17,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of personnel from a portion of Utah's largest livestock complex.
Thunderstorms sparked the blaze around noon Thursday. Another squall in the afternoon aided firefighters with higher humidity and spotty showers, but not before authorities called for the human evacuation of a portion of the expansive Circle 4 Hog Farm south of Milford.
Thousands of Hogs will have to stay in place, housed by the hundreds in dozens of huge, state of the art barns. There's no practical means of moving the animals, nor is there any place to relocate them in such numbers. Chris Holmes was told the value of the hogs greatley diminishes if they ever leave their very carefully controlled environment. For current information on this fire, click here. As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, the fire had burned 18,000 acres.