Man trying to burn spider started Utah wildfire, authorities say

4 August, 2022
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Man trying to burn spider started Utah wildfire, authorities say

27-year-old man accused of starting a wildfire south of Salt Lake City on Monday told authorities he was using a lighter to burn a spider.


According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Cory Allan Martin, 26, told law enforcement he was using a lighter to burn a spider he spotted while hiking in the area. Martin said he started the fire by accident, setting some brush on fire.



He didn’t explain why he was trying to burn the spider.


“Not sure exactly why he felt the need to need to have to burn the spider but you know, all the regret in the world doesn’t change the outcome based on whatever reason there was for him doing that,” said Utah County Sergeant Spencer Cannon.

The fire spread quickly up the mountain and had burned less than one square mile as of Tuesday. No homes have been damaged and authorities say the blaze is currently at 90 percent containment.


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