Heavy smoke from field fire clouds up traffic visibility

Smoke blocks visibility on 700 West near 1500 South in Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Scott Adams, St. George News

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.

Smoke blocks visibility on 700 West near 1500 South in Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Scott Adams, St. George News
Smoke blocks visibility on 700 West near 1500 South in Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Scott Adams, St. George News

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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29 Comments

  • One for the road January 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Dang tweekers

  • Hiker January 24, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Wow, great air quality around here!

  • Koolaid January 24, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    … and everyone in St George was oohing and aahing over the clouds and snapping pictures and commenting about the cloud formations.

    • One for the road January 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Yeah they were looking for the ELVIS cloud

    • notsokoolaid January 25, 2015 at 2:22 am

      I just do not understad if you hate St George and the LDS church and mormans in general why you would want to live here? Is it because mommy and daddy says you have to?

      • One for the road January 25, 2015 at 4:26 am

        I just don’t understand if you hate Koolaid so bad why do you use his name.? is it because mommy and daddy say you have to you left yourself open for that one

        • tight magic undies January 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm

          There it is. POW! If you don’t like it, then move. Love it when they play that card!

          • Free Parkimg January 26, 2015 at 5:29 am

            Tight.. Yeah they do play that card don’t they….

        • Koolaid January 26, 2015 at 7:56 am

          If these people don’t like me so much, why don’t they move? The place might be a lot better if they leave.

          • Guess who January 26, 2015 at 11:10 am

            Yeah!!!! RIGHT ON KOOLAID

      • Guess who January 26, 2015 at 11:07 am

        Whatever you say MO

  • ladybugavenger January 24, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I saw the smoke and I said “oh look, there’s a fire” the clouds formations are more contraversial

    • One for the road January 25, 2015 at 4:22 am

      The cloud formations were interesting. I spotted an owl drinking a beer and a large pepperoni pizza with xtra cheese and a 1956 Chevy and Lincoln eating a Donut

    • You January 25, 2015 at 6:43 am

      you really got schooled a few weeks ago after your comments about the last cloud picture. Hahahaha.

      • ladybugavenger January 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

        What? Oh yes, I learned how to spell Mormon.

        • Yup January 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

          Oh, it was more than just that. Your posts have been much less like the gunty cash you are since then. I am sure it won’t last.

          • ladybugavenger January 25, 2015 at 8:14 pm

            What???? “less like the gunty cash you are” ya, I’m not from here, is that a Utah saying?

          • ladybugavenger January 25, 2015 at 8:20 pm

            Oh I stand on everything I said, are you one of the brainwashed? Were you affected by the cloud?

          • ladybugavenger January 25, 2015 at 8:58 pm

            YUP, why are you hating on me and calling me names?

          • Koolaid January 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm

            Wow! What a class act with that comment! Is that how you usually talk to women? Are you from Dixie?

          • Yup January 26, 2015 at 7:09 am

            I allowed a bad day to cause me to lash out here. Sorry. As a human I should be better than making negative comments about another person or their point of view. New year resolution: no reading comments or posting.

          • Free Parkimg January 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

            Real nice post there idiot by all means show off your intellectual level. LOL.! Like you even have one

  • HormonyKid January 25, 2015 at 6:03 am

    We were told fires were outlawed in Washington County until the first of March–what’s with the double standard?

    • My Evil Twin January 25, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I believe it is who you are and who you know. Just like a lot of other things around here.

      • Arts and Letters January 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        And in a lot of other places…the difference is that in other places there’s no goody two-shoes attitude about such things…”us? we don’t play favorites…we’re saints…”

        • My Evil Twin January 25, 2015 at 9:39 pm

          I have to believe you are right.

          • Evil Twins Mommy January 26, 2015 at 1:36 am

            Wow you actually have mellowed out since you’ve been sniffing bicycle seats its really working for you

  • that guy January 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Dang … watch your fire better. You wasted alot of peoples time.
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • Darth Dude January 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Those Dang Tweekers!!

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