UPDATED: Firefighters contain wildfire burning north of St. George

A lightning bolt touches down near a wildfire that was started by a different lightning bolt near Winchester Hills in Washington County, Utah, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Alan Holben, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Firefighters are responding to a wildfire in Washington County that was started Wednesday by lightning.

Final update July 26, 9:11 p.m. The BLM announced that the Winchester Fire is 100 percent contained and is holding at 203 acres. This the final update unless significant changes occur.

Updated July 25, 9:25 p.m. to reflect growth of wildfire.

The wildfire, which was reported at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, is east of state Route 18 and south of the Winchester Hills neighborhood in Washington County. There are no road closures from the fire and no buildings are imminently threatened.

People in some parts of Santa Clara and St. George can see smoke from the flames.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the fire was 30 percent contained and had reached 100 acres, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Firefighters from Color Country Interagency Fire Center are fighting the blaze.

According to a tweet from BLM officials, light rain helped the firefighters push back against the flames.

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1 Comment

  • Carpe Diem July 26, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Was on the lake, simply beautiful with no wind, saw some minor buildups, left before three, and got home to major lightning and pouring rain. ! Utah !

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