A wildfire started in Tabby Canyon on Stansbury Island Friday, followed by a second fire on private land on the northern end of the island Monday.
The two fires burned into each other to char about 13,378 acres, according to information provided by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Tabby Canyon Fire was human-caused due to an exploding target. The North Stansbury Fire was under investigation. The entire blaze was 20% contained as of late Monday night.
Firefighters battling the Tabby Canyon Fire responded to the North Stansbury Fire Monday due to proximity, extreme fire behavior and resources at risk, according to the press release. Fire crews burned out firelines and the two fires connected in the afternoon.
The fire is burning through grass, sagebrush, and juniper on steep and rugged mountainous terrain.
About 142 fire personnel from the BLM, Forest Service, State of Utah, Grantsville City, Tooele County and contractors are battling the fire. Equipment used includes, six engines, four hand crews, two helicopters, two planes, one dozer and two water tenders.
The BLM West Desert District has issued a fire prevention order restricting access to BLM-managed lands in the vicinity of the Stansbury Island fire.
The prevention order restricts public entry, target shooting, camping, and unnecessary traffic in the land surrounding the fire, including: north of Interstate 80 on Stansbury Island, and bounded by the Great Salt Lake to west, north and east; all in Tooele County.
Property owners, grazing permit holders, and other citizens with need to access the area will be asked to coordinate with the incident commander to ensure safety. Fire Officials have had to ask target shooters and other public to leave the area to provide for public safety and support the emergency fire suppression operations.
The prevention order is posted on signs where BLM-managed lands are accessed. The public is reminded to use caution and be prepared to prevent wildfires when visiting public lands. The BLM recommends keeping water, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher handy during the dry summer months.