Crews work to contain Moab wildfire |

Crews work to contain Moab wildfire

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

MOAB, Utah ” A wildfire burning near Moab has spread to 600 acres, but earlier evacuation orders have been lifted.

Moab fire chief Corky Brewer says the Slough 2 fire is no longer threatening buildings.

Brewer says firefighters are short on resources because most contract crews and aircraft have been sent elsewhere for what is usually Utah’s wildfire offseason.

He says the fire likely won’t be contained Wednesday and that crews are working to set up containment lines.

The fire is burning along the Colorado River wetlands just west of town.

Utah Department of Natural Resources spokesman Jason Curry says the fire started late Tuesday and was likely caused by humans, The Salt Lake Tribune reported in its online edition Wednesday.

About six homes, two RV parks and a hotel were evacuated earlier Wednesday, but those orders were lifted.

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