11 Small Fires Ignite in Southern Utah

Published on July 16, 2013 at 11:25AM

Color Country Interagency firefighters were actively engaged fighting 11 fires yesterday, both human and lightning caused. The first in a series of fires occurred between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. scattered along the I-15 corridor between St. George and Cedar City. Color Country Acting Dispatch Manager Ricky Smith said he believes the small fires were human caused but they are still under investigation. Smith declined to comment on the specific cause, but said they appear to have been unintentional.

All the rest of the fires appear to be lightning caused, most occurring mid-afternoon and following with the onset of thunderstorms. The two largest that remained uncontained last night are the 3-5 acre wildland fire neat Enterprise that started around 6 p.m., and a 2 acre fire burning in the Dammeron Valley area that started around 7 p.m. There have been no road closures, no evacuations, and no reports of injuries or property damage. Smith said that so far, everything has been confined to wildlands.