In South, Lightning Sets Desert Ablaze
A firefighting helicopter battles the Preacher Fire on Monday afternoon, as the lightning-caused blaze burns through sagebrush and grass on federal Bureau of Land Management land about 10 miles northeast of Richfield. The fire, which started Monday afternoon, grew to around 7,000 acres Monday night and continued to grow Tuesday morning. The fire started about eight miles south of Carey, close to Highway 26 near the Blaine-Lincoln county line. There were about 60 people fighting the fire on Tuesday. Despite a shortage of aerial firefighting resources, fire officials are predicting the wildfire will be contained by 10 p.m. Thursday, with full control by Saturday.
Courtesy photo by Tyler Peterson