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.
Salt Lake City has something in common with New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. As of this summer, it now has a tour bus to different sites around Utah's captiol city. Unfortunately, the engine for this idea isn't revving up very quickly. Last year Jerry Dolejs came to Utah for the first time. He brought with him a new idea: big bus.
Sightseeing tour bus goes around the city in about 90 minutes, people can hop-on, hop-off.
Hop-on or hop-off at 19 stops like Temple Square, Hogle Zoo and City Creek all while learning the history of each location on the open-air bus. Dolejs operates a similar company in Victoria British Columbia but it was a woman from Midvale who gave him the idea to bring Big Bus to Salt Lake City.
Carolyn Washburn is a family educator with Utah State University Extension. She talked to Kerry Bringhurst the extension service's new website devoted to living with wildfires.
"Utah State University has always been concerned with helping families be prepared for all aspects of their lives. As the wildfire season hit so strongly this summer, we thought we wanted to put some materials together that could provide families and individuals with resources on how to prevent wildfires and ways to clean up after it."
Utah 4-H is holding a centennial celebration this week in Logan. Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Ross Jacobsen, who has dedicated 32 years of his career working with Utah State University as part of what has become the nation's largest youth development organization, 4-H.
One man is dead after an explosion at an Art Center in Alpine. Police say a door blew off its hinges after a worker used a steaming machine to melt wax off a bronze statue.
Emergency workers believe the steaming machine malfunctioned and caused the explosion that blew the door off its hinges. The door then hit the man in the head at Adonis Bronze. Once emergency workers arrived, the man was pronounced dead on the scene.
Three other workers were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Police are now investigating why the steaming machine blew up.
Monsoonal flows helped firefighters in southern Utah gain the upper hand on wildfires last week, but the same summer weather phenomenon also brings lightning. It was only a matter of time before southern Utah felt the monsoon's double-edged sword.
There are a dozen or so small fires burning in the Arizona strip caused by lightning. the most threatening appears to be the Baboon Fire burning between Cedar City and Minersville.
The fire has burned 1,500 acres and is 0% contained.
When Utah Congressman Jim Matheson cast his vote in favor of repealing the 2010 health care reform law Wednesday, he was one of only five Democrats in the House of Representatives to do so. The 6-term lawmaker opposed the bill when it passed out of Congress, but had also previously voted against repealing it once it became law. Jeff Robinson asked Matheson why he voted the way he did.
Several Utah military families were paid a visit last night from Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden. Dr. Biden, a military mom herself, spent more than an hour speaking to a small crowd at the Utah National Guard Air Base in Salt Lake City.
The new expanded bans apply to areas in southern Utah and northwest Arizona. The new restrictions go into effect in Washington, Iron, Beaver, Kane, Garfield, Wayne, Piute, Sevier and Sanpete Counties, as well as BLM lands in Coconino and Mohave Counties in Arizona.
State Forester Dick Buehler says a ban on target shooting to take effect on Wednesday is the first-ever of its kind. The ban covers specific target shooting sites on public or private land in Cache, Davis, Summit, and Utah Counties.