I-15 closed in both directions due to wildfire southwest of Leeds

Photo Courtesy: UDOT

LEEDS, Utah, July 19, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Interstate 15 is closed in both directions Sunday afternoon after a wildfire broke out southwest of Leeds.

“Resources responding to the #CottonwoodTrailFire in Washington County located along I-15,” said a tweet from Utah Fire Info. “Estimated at 1,000 acres and growing, the fire is being pushed by 15-20 mph winds. Some structures threatened. Cause unknown.”

Residents of Harrisburg and those west of I-15 in Leeds are being evacuated, according to scanner traffic.

“Driver Alert: SB I-15 is closed at exit 27 to SR-17, due to a wildfire,” said a tweet from Utah Department of Transportation at 4:20 p.m. “Detour SR-17 to SR-9 then to I-15.”

A follow-up tweet added that northbound I-15 is now also closed at exit 16 to SR-9.

“Detour SR-9 to SR-17 then back to I-15,” the tweet said.

Drivers can expect delays of about 30 minutes.

Officials said the fire was human-caused.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

Map Courtesy: Utah Fire Info

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