Target shooters blamed for Utah wildfire


SARATOGA SPRINGS(AP) Fire investigators believe target shooters sparked a wildfire south of Saratoga Springs that burned about 400 acres.

Saratoga Springs Fire Chief Jess Campbell says the Dutchman Fire was 80 percent contained by about 9 p.m. Saturday, several hours after it broke out.

The blaze wasn’t close to any structures.

Campbell told Provo’s Daily Herald that while the fire’s cause hasn’t been confirmed, investigators found evidence that indicates target shooting may have been involved.

He says many cars left the area after the fire was reported, and sheriff’s deputies interviewed those believed to be responsible.

Last week, two target shooters were charged with sparking the 5,507-acre Dump Fire in the Saratoga Springs area that caused thousands of people to flee their homes and $2.1 million to extinguish in June.

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