Human-caused fire ignites near Hildale

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HILDALE — Fire damaged half an acre of land Friday evening at Maxwell Park in Hildale.

Investigators know the fire was human-caused, Nick Howell, of the Bureau of Land Management in Cedar City, said. The specific method of the fire’s ignition is unknown and is still under investigation as this report is published.

The fire was an initial-attack fire, which is generally fully contained by attack units within the first burning period.

It was contained within about two hours,” Howell said.

The Hildale Fire Department was the first to respond to the fire. The fire was on public land so the Bureau of Land Management in Cedar City responded, as well, along with Washington County’s fire warden.

“It was a local assist because the fire was on public land,” Howell said.

The fire was primarily contained to the vegetation near the park, he said. The blaze didn’t pose any significant threat to the campgrounds or buildings in the area.

No suspects have been identified in connection with the fire and no arrests have been made, Howell said.

According to the National Park Service, 90 percent of wildfires in the United States are caused by humans.

Human-caused fires result from actions like campfires being left unattended, burning of debris, negligently discarding cigarettes and intentional acts of arson.

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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