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Update 7-29-18 8:47 p.m - County fire officials have reported that Grouse Creek residents are now being allowed to return home.
July 29, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Two lightning caused fires that are burning near the Utah/Nevada border have joined together into one large fire that has now burned over 100,000 acres across both states.
Citizens of the town of Grouse Creek, located in the remote northwestern portion of Box Elder County, are being "strongly urged" to evacuate as the fire advances further east.
The China Jim fire started in Nevada on Saturday afternoon, the result of a lightning strike. By Saturday evening that fire had crossed into Utah, forcing the temporary closure of SR-30 from mile marker 9 to the Nevada Border. The road was re-opened late Sunday morning.
The Goose Creek fire also began in Nevada, with lightning igniting desert brush on Thursday evening in an area south and west of the City of Jackpot.
On Sunday both fires combined in Utah, together burning over 40,000 acres in Box Elder County by Sunday evening.
Multiple county and state agencies are fighting the fire, including units from Willard Fire, Corinne Fire, Garland Fire, Honeyville Fire, Thatcher Fire, Park Valley Fire, Grouse Creek Fire, Box Elder County Fire, as well as the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Units from other agencies across the state have also started responding.
The News Journal has a conference set up with fire officials for Monday morning, where more information will be given.
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