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Wood Hill fire appears to be set deliberately


Sun Advocate associate editor

A brush fire on Wood Hill was apparently deliberately ignited early Tuesday morning.

The blaze burned a few junipers or pinyon pine and was put down quickly by Price and U.S. Forest Service fire fighers.

A Price man who was walking his dog shortly after dawn discovered the fire. "I saw the smoke plume first, and when I walked over to check it out, I saw the fire," said the man, who asked not to be identified.

As he approached the fire, he heard a man's voice shout, "What are you doing here?"

The witness jogged away from the scene, then called dispatch to report the fire.

Price Fire Chief Paul Bedont said the flames were easy to put out, given the damp conditions. No structures were threatened.

The land in this area of the hill is apparently owned by the State of Utah, according to the county GIS ownership map.

This was the second fire on the hill in a month. The first one in mid-April was also reported by a person walking a dog on a trail.

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