GARFIELD COUNTY – Approximately 200 acres near the Hercules subdivision in Garfield County were torched by a fire Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
The fire threatened homes and businesses in the area, but due to the efforts of federal, state, and local fire agencies, the fire was contained. No structures were lost to the fire.
“Special thanks to the local volunteer firefighters because of their quick response, property damage was held to a minimum,” the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said.
Anyone visiting the area, or planning to visit, should be aware of the extreme dry conditions in Garfield County, Panguitch Fire Chief David Dodds warned. Federal and state fire agencies have previously stated that the 2014 fire season has the potential to be a heavy one.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
On Saturday hundreds of firefighters from across southwest Utah will gather at Leeds in Washington County and Duck Creek in Kane County for wildland fire training exercises in order to prepare for what could be a challenging fire season.
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