Wildfires cause evacuation of Utah town

June 26, 2005 at 8:42 AM
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GUNLOCK, Utah, June 26 (UPI) -- Wildfires sweeping the southwestern United States closed Interstate 15 in Utah and forced the evacuation of the town of Gunlock.

Gunlock residents were told to leave Saturday after a fire which had consumed 59,000 acres came within four miles of the town, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday. Wildfires also caused some residents to evacuate the small town of Pintura, Utah.

Meanwhile, firefighters near Kelso, Calif., battled to save a preserve that includes corrals from the 1870s, historic mines, and sites with ancient Indian pictographs from a 52,000-acre wildfire.

A brush and grass fire in Arizona that charred 60,000 acres was about 20 percent contained Saturday after turning away from a community northeast of Phoenix.

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