Vehicle dragging chains on I-15 sparks wildfire in Juab County

A vehicle dragging chains on I-15 near Mona sparked a wildfire that burned nearly 30 acres Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Photo: Utah Fire Info

MONA, Utah, June 7, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A vehicle dragging chains on Interstate 15 sparked a wildfire in Juab County that burned nearly 30 acres Tuesday evening, state fire officials said.

“Trailer chains can spark wildfires, so it’s essential to secure them properly so they don’t drag while driving,” state fire officials tweeted

The Dutson Fire was first reported about 6 p.m. on the west side of I-15 at mile maker 233 in Mona, according to the state wildfire website,

“The fire was caused from a vehicle fire that spread to the wildland,” state fire officials tweeted. “Structures are threatened.”

A follow-up tweet at 7:35 p.m. said firefighters had stopped the fire’s progress. One lane of southbound I-15 in the area was closed while crews battled the blaze.

The state’s Fire Sense campaign encourages Utahns to use good judgement in the outdoors to prevent human-caused wildfires.


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