The Dump Fire—which burned in Utah near a landfill 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) south of Saratoga Springs—began on June 21, 2012. By the morning of June 25, the fire was 80 percent contained, but it had charred 5,500 acres (2,225 hectares). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the fire on June 22, 2012. Vegetation is green; sparsely vegetated or bare land is tan. The fire, which authorities believe was caused by sparks at a shooting range, forced about 2,000 people to evacuate their homes.
Although it was about 97 percent contained, according to the morning report from the National Interagency Fire Center on July 19, 2007, Utah’s Milford Flat Fire continued to creep through grass and brush in the south-central part of the state, its slow crawl occasionally punctuated by isolated patches of brush bursting into flames like a lighted torch.