New wildfire blazes on Arizona Strip; 11 total fires

Lightning strikes have ignited at least 11 fires, Veyo, Utah, July 1, 2014 | Photo by Chelsea Clarkson, St. George News

SOUTHERN UTAH – At least 11 lightning-caused fires have ignited in the Color Country Dispatch area of southwestern Utah and northern Arizona since Tuesday.

Lightning strikes have ignited at least 11 fires, Veyo, Utah, July 1, 2014 | Photo by Chelsea Clarkson, St. George News
Lightning strikes have ignited at least 11 fires, Veyo, Utah, July 1, 2014 | Photo by Chelsea Clarkson, St. George News

“We’ve had 600 lightning strikes in the last 36 hours,” Joe Harris, Dixie National Forest public affairs officer, said.

Based out of Cedar City, Color Country Dispatch coordinates wildland fire suppression in southwestern Utah and northern Arizona. New on the agency’s radar Wednesday night was a fire sparked on Quail Hill, out on the Arizona Strip, which is visible from St. George. The fire, which started around 6 p.m. Wednesday, is estimated to cover at least 150 acres at this point, Harris said; that number is just an estimation at night, however – fire crews won’t be able to get more precise information until daylight.

“They’ll have some more accurate numbers tomorrow when they can get a helicopter up,” Harris said.

Other fires continuing to blaze in the midst of the extreme lightning activity are the Middle Ridge fire, which started on the Nevada side of the Utah-Nevada border, about 5 miles south of Beaver Dam State Park in Nevada. Once ignited, this fire burned across the state line into Utah and has been reported to cover more than 100 acres, according to information from Color Country.

Additional large fires burning in the area include the Bull Mountain fire, located about 3 miles north of Enterprise Reservoir, which is covering around 80 acres. The Basin fire, located about 8 miles north of Gunlock, is covering between 60-80 acres.

New fire on Quail Hill, Arizona Strip, Arizona, July 2, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Sandie Divan, St. George News
New fire on Quail Hill, Arizona Strip, Arizona, July 2, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Sandie Divan, St. George News

Other fires have also been reported near Enterprise Reservoir, Utah Hill, Gunlock, Jackson Wash, Motoqua, Quichipah and Wolf Hole.

Since June 18, fire restrictions have been in place in Washington County as well as in areas of Mohave and Coconino counties in Arizona. On July 1, fire restrictions were put in place in Iron County, Kane County and areas of Garfield and Beaver counties.

Drought conditions continue in the Color Country area, and these regional storms have been accompanied by very little precipitation. Fire crews worked through the night Tuesday and were back early Wednesday morning attempting to suppress the various fires.

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5 Comments

  • Bender July 3, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for the timely coverage! The Spectrum guys will no doubt report on this in 12 more hours. 😉

  • Heather Oxendine July 3, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Thank you to all the firefighters out there! Be safe. God Bless!

  • SAGEMOON July 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Oh, gosh. I hope my favorite winter camping spots aren’t getting burned up.

  • Dolly July 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Amazing pictures…thank you!

  • Delong July 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks BLM for protecting our public lands. Be safe out there!

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