Updated June 20, 10 a.m.
The Snowfield Fire is now 100 percent contained and is holding at 140 acres thanks to a robust interagency response Monday morning.
ST. GEORGE – A brush fire near Interstate 15 at mile marker 33 that started Monday morning is growing rapidly and has drawn a quick response from fire agencies.
The Snowfield fire was reported at 9:48 a.m. Monday, Color Country Interagency Fire Center, dispatch manager Bill Roach said.
The fire, which is located north of Pintura, grew to 75-100 acres by noon.
The fire is burning on the west side of I-15 in grass and brush over moderately steep terrain.
The fire is considered zero percent contained, Roach said, and one structure a mile from the fire is considered threatened.
“Thankfully the wind’s not blowing 40 miles an hour right now,” Roach said.
Currently, four single engine air tankers and three heavy air tankers are attacking the blaze, along with seven engines and approximately 30 firefighters on the ground.
The fire is human-caused, Roach said.
“There was no lightning. That’s the only other option.”
The exact cause is under investigation.
The blaze is moving away from the freeway and hasn’t caused any traffic delays yet, Roach said, “but we’d sure like people to slow down.”
Roads adjacent to the fire are closed, including the frontage road near mile marker 33.
Roach advised residents to be cautious and avoid activities that can cause fires such as dragging trailer chains or pulling a vehicle onto dry grass.
“If at all possible, stay on the (road) surface.”
Firefighters are hoping to make progress toward containing the fire Monday night.
“It depends on upon what kind of a job the aircraft do,” Roach said.
Agencies participating in the firefighting effort include Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and several volunteer fire departments from the area including Santa Clara.
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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