Panguitch » A wildfire in southwestern Utah has burned about 2,900 acres and is considered 35 percent contained.
The Horse Valley fire southwest of Panguitch is burning mostly in conifer and aspen forest. Over the weekend, strong winds and thunderstorms complicated firefighting efforts. Fire officials say spot fires — blazes ignited by embers swept into the wind — continued to be a problem.
“Hot fire activity has moved from the edge of the fire to the interior,” said Dayle Flanigan, Cedar City District Ranger. “Firefighters will be working to improve fire lines on the edge of the fire over the next several days.”
On Monday, officials said there were 280 people working on the fire.
Lightning ignited the blaze July 2 about three miles north of Panguitch Lake.