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5:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Two small fires burn near "Y" Mountain in Provo

Two small fires near Provo continue to burn this evening. The Slide Fire and the Buckley Peak Fire were sparked by lightning during a storm last night.

The fires, which are burning south of "Y" Mountain in Provo, are approximate 2 miles apart. Both are 1/10 of an acre in size.

Loyal Clark from the Forest Service said firefighters are on their way to douse the Slide Fire, which is burning in heavy oak brush.

“We have 10 firefighters that are at the bottom of the trailhead. We’ve made a decision to…go ahead and have them extinguish the fire. The reason that we’re doing that is because it is easily accessible and we are able to get firefighters in there safely,” Clark said.

Clark said the Buckley Peak Fire will be allowed to burn for now, due to safety concerns for firefighters and rainy weather, which she hopes will put out the fire.

Neither fire poses any risk to structures or nearby trails.

Clark expects full containment and control of the Slide Fire by early this evening. The Forest Service will continue to monitor the Buckley Peak Fire.