Fire fighters battling Etna Fire in Box Elder County

Courtesy of Mitch Zundel

Fire fighters and emergency crews were called out to another wildfire burning in northwestern Box Elder County, near the Utah/Nevada border The Etna Fire reportedly started Saturday around 1 p.m. and quickly spread to more than 703 acres. As of Saturday night, it was 50% contained.

County Public Information Officer Mitch Zundel said as the fire grew, it split in two different directions. For a time, the fire was threatening six structures.

Fire fighters were able to protect the buildings and keep them from burning. High winds in the area have made fighting the fire difficult as flames have continued to switch directions.

Zundel said crews are being assisted by a heavy tanker, five single engine tankers and a helicopter. They are attempting to make a perimeter around the blaze.

The fire is located south of Etna, on the far west-side of the county.

Zundel said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

It has already been a busy fire season for crews in the county. There have been more than seven fires already this summer. So far, none of them have burned any homes or structures.

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