Wildfire near Pine Valley in Washington County grows to more than 9K acres

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, July 1, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A wildfire north of Pine Valley in Washington County has grown to more than 9,000 acres Sunday and is zero percent contained, officials said.

The West Valley Fire, which is burning 10 miles north of St. George, has grown to 9,462 acres as of Sunday afternoon, Utah Fire Info tweeted. A community meeting to discuss the fire will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the New Harmony Fire Station at 133 E. Center St.

There are currently 449 personnel assigned to the fire, including 13 hand crews, nine helicopters, eight engine crews, one bulldozer and two water tenders.

An update on Twitter Sunday said: “A crew of smokejumpers is working from the fire’s tail up the east flank. Hotshot crews are constructing the fire line directly on the fire’s edge where possible, along the fire’s north and east flanks. Helicopters dropping water on hotspots are supporting firefighters, and fixed-wing air tankers are available upon request.”

No evacuations are currently in place. The Pine Valley Campground is open, the update said.

The fire began Wednesday afternoon at approximately 5 p.m., officials said, and its cause was an abandoned campfire.


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