Long Ridge Fire in Box Elder County nearly contained

Firefighters report the Long Ridge Fire, burning near Promontory, has not spread in size and is nearly contained. The fire has been burning since at least early Tuesday morning, when it was discovered.

Box Elder public information officer Mitch Zundel said, as of Friday night the blaze was 90% contained. Firefighters report that it has burned 6,404 acres, after completing a thermal mapping of the fire earlier in the day.

There had been as many as 35 firefighters working the fire during the week, and establishing a perimeter around it. They had been assisted by a helicopter, releasing water on hot spots and air tankers dropping retardant.

Zundel said the fire has not expanded in size since Thursday. The 20 firefighters who had remained on the fire were expected to be released Saturday. All air support had already been released.

There were no structures burned in the fire and no injuries were reported. Earlier in the week though, the fire had approached a ranch cabin and barn, but firefighters were able to save it.

The fire was discovered by firefighters as they were mopping up a different fire and noticed the smoke.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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