Wildfire burns near Dugway Proving Grounds

By ABC 4 News

Published 06/07 2014 05:47PM

Updated 06/08 2014 09:40PM

The Rough Haul Fire in Dugway burned about 4,000 acres in Tooele County on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
The Rough Haul Fire in Dugway burned about 4,000 acres in Tooele County on Saturday, June 7, 2014./Courtesy Photo
DUGWAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- In its second day, a wildfire has grown in Utah's West Desert near the Dugway Proving Grounds.

At 5,000 acres burned, the Rough Haul Fire near the U.S. Army base in Dugway is the first significant blaze of Utah's 2014 fire season. On Sunday, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said the fire was 60 percent contained as of Sunday night.

Al Vogel, spokesman for the Dugway Proving Grounds, said the fire is south of the public land area known as White Rocks but remains on DPG land. The cause is undetermined.

The fire burned about 4,000 acres Saturday and managed to escape firefighters' containment. Firefighters began using back burn methods to try to contain the fire. So far Saturday evening, there were no reports of structure damage or injuries.

Department of Defense firefighters from Dugway and volunteer firefighters from Stockton, Terra and Rush Valley were the first to respond. The Alta and Lone Peak Hot Shot crews arrived early Saturday evening.

Officials from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said three fire crews of 20 and two single-engine air tankers were called out to assist. Two helicopters also were ordered to help fight the fire, as unexploded ordnance on the military base was limiting access to firefighters.

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