Ski resort closed as crews battle wildfire near Liberty

August 31, 2018

LIBERTY, Utah (AP) — A ski resort north of Salt Lake City has been evacuated as a precaution as firefighting crews are working to contain a nearby fire.

Weber Fire District says a grass fire broke out about 4 p.m. Thursday at a gun range in the South Canyon area, near Liberty and Avon.

Weber Fire District Chief Paul Sullivan tells the Standard-Examiner that the blaze grew up to nearly 2 square miles (5 square kilometers) by 7:30 p.m.

Fire officials say the blaze was ignited by target shooting.

Powder Mountain Resort and Pineview Reservoir remain restricted on Friday.

Power Mountain announced on Twitter that Paper Airplane MTB Series has been cancelled due to the fire.

Sullivan says no structures are threatened.

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