Rollover on Red Cliffs Desert Reserve downs power lines, ignites brush fire

ST. GEORGE — The St. George Fire Department was called to the scene just before 4 p.m. Wednesday after a single-vehicle rollover downed power lines that in turn started a brush fire.

Two 16-year-old boys in a black Ford F-350 traveling on Cottonwood Road in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve lost control of the truck before it rolled to the left shoulder and struck a wooden pole.

The pole shattered into splinters and disconnected power lines, which hit the dried vegetation and started a brush fire.

Deputy Chief Kevin Taylor said both occupants were already out of the vehicle when crews arrived. The brush fire was quickly extinguished and crews were able to confine the fire to 1/10 of an acre.

The city of St. George’s Energy Services Department responded to minimize the impact to those in surrounding areas that might have lost power and start on repairs.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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