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Sep 22, 2010 8:52 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Crews hope to continue gaining ground on Utah fire

Evacuation orders remain in effect for about 250 homes near the western flank of a Utah wildfire near Salt Lake City as firefighters look to maintain their momentum today.

Nearly half the evacuation orders still in effect for the Salt Lake City suburb of Herriman were lifted yesterday evening after fire officials reported the 6-square-mile blaze was 50 percent contained.

The fire broke out Sunday at Camp Williams, with residents of more than 1,600 homes originally forced to flee. The fire was sparked by Army National Guard members during weekend machine-gun training. Utah Army Guard Gen. Brian Tarbet has apologized for what he called a "systematic failure" that allowed the exercise to go on despite hazardous weather conditions.

Three houses were destroyed and a fourth was damaged in nearby Herriman.

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