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Utah's Apex fire grows to 28,500 acres

by Jon Robinson (webmaster) |

The Apex Fire, started by two teenagers playing with matches, has grown to 28,500 acres, making it not only the largest blaze in the state so far this season but the biggest in southwestern Utah's Beaver Mountains in at least 25 years, fire officials said.

More than 500 firefighters were on the blaze, which grew more than 6,000 acres on Tuesday, primarily advancing westward in the mountains west of the Shivwitz Reservation, Bureau of Land Management spokesmen said.