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July 7, 2014
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Illegal fireworks set Minnehaha Canyon fire

Investigators are blaming illegal fireworks for a 250-acre wildfire burning above Topaz Ranch Estates.

The Minnehaha Canyon fire started on private land on the night of July 4th. It was first reported 6 a.m. Saturday.

“Please remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in the Fire District and this fire represents the dry conditions we are facing this summer,” said East Fork Fire District Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson.

Fogerson said he expects to have the fire contained by noon today, with most units going back to base.

East Fork exited the unified command with the Bureau of Land Management, but left a firefighter-paramedic to deal with any medical issues at the scene.

Three firefighters suffered from heat-related injuries while fighting the fire.

“East Fork wishes to thanks the support of our State and federal partners along with Douglas 911, Douglas GIS and the Sheriff’s Office,” Fogerson said.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 1, 2014 05:49PM Published Jul 7, 2014 08:05AM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.