Fast-moving brush fire near St. George is zero percent contained

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, June 19, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A human-caused brush fire burning on the west side of Interstate 15 north of Pintura is zero percent contained, officials said Monday.

The 75-acre fire, that began at approximately 10:45 a.m. Monday, is burning in the area of mile marker 33, according to a Facebook post from Washington County Emergency Services. For reference, 75 acres is 1.7 times the size of Hogle Zoo.

Roads adjacent to the fire are closed, authorities said, including the frontage road near mile marker 33.

Nobody has been evacuated at this time, and officials said structures on the south end of the fire are threatened but not in immediate danger.

Initial reports indicate the blaze, which has been dubbed the Snowfield Fire, may have started on private property and spread to state land, though officials have not said exactly what caused it.

Multiple resources from various agencies are on scene, including aircraft.

No injuries have been reported.

Pintura is an unincorporated community in Washington County, 24 miles north of St. George.

Gephardt Daily will have updates on this developing story as information becomes available.


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