Morning brush fire threatens 2 homes

A brush fire briefly threatened homes Monday morning just off Tonaquint Drive, St. George, Utah, June 17, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A brush fire in a residential area off Tonaquint Drive Monday briefly threatened homes but was quickly brought under control thanks to a quick-thinking neighbor.

A quick-thinking neighbor was able to contain a brush fire until firefighters arrived, St. George, Utah, June 17, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A quick-thinking neighbor was able to contain a brush fire until firefighters arrived, St. George, Utah, June 17, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Residents on Dover Drive had reported a brownout condition around 8:30 a.m. This apparently caused power lines behind the homes to spark, St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said, igniting a fire in the dry brush and tumbleweeds behind.

Stoker said a quick-acting neighbor probably saved the houses.

“The gentleman was pulling out of the neighborhood, saw the smoke, came over and grabbed a garden hose (and) got the fire contained,” Stoker said. “He stayed a safe distance back. In this case it did slow the fire down until we could get here and (took) care of the majority of the mop-up.”

A brush fire briefly threatened homes Monday morning just off Tonaquint Drive, St. George, Utah, June 17, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A brush fire briefly threatened homes Monday morning just off Tonaquint Drive, St. George, Utah, June 17, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Stoker said three engines and two brush trucks were dispatched just before 8:45 a.m. and had the fire out in about 30 minutes.

The fire burned about a half acre, Stoker said, and briefly threatened two homes.

St. George City Department of Energy Services was dispatched to the area to check for any faulty or damaged power lines.

No injuries were reported, and no damage was reported to any of the homes.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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1 Comment

  • DB June 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Maybe not the same area but very close…I’ve always worried about the open area just downwind of Creed’s Castle, up on the ridge.

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