HURRICANE — Heavy smoke blurred visibility for motorists Saturday afternoon as a tan plume from an agricultural burn rose into the bright January sky above Hurricane.
At about 1:50 p.m., Hurricane Police officers and the Hurricane Fire Department responded to the area of 1500 S. 700 West in Hurricane on reports of a large amount of smoke rising from a field, but the fire turned out to be an agricultural burn, Hurricane Police spokesman Sgt. Brandon Buell said.
The property where the fire blazed is approximately 10 acres, and the element being burned was grass, Buell said. A gusty wind and large amounts of smoke created a visibility issue for about 20 minutes. Police officers turned their patrol vehicle lights on to caution drivers to slow down, Buell said.
The property owner was present and stated the fire was well under control, Scott Adams, a spectator at the scene, said.
“The issue was smoke coming off the damp fields,” Adams said. “It created some interesting vortex plumes and temporarily obscured the roadway on 700 West.”
As of about 2:45 p.m., the Hurricane Fire Department was still on scene to monitor the smoke and make sure the fire completely sizzles out.
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