Crews battle brush fire on banks of Virgin River

Smoke from the East River Fire is seen in the brush along the banks of the Virgin River, St. George, Utah, July 7, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Crews from multiple agencies are battling a brush fire along the banks of the Virgin River in St. George.

Map showing approximate location of the East River Fire, St. George, Utah, July 7, 2019 | Image courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News

The fire started just before noon Sunday and has consumed approximately one-quarter acre of brush along the river bed, Washington County Fire Warden Adam Heyder told St. George News.

The location of the blaze, which has been officially named the East River Fire, is just southeast of the 500 E. block of East Riverside Drive (see map).

Approximately 20 firefighters are working together to combat the blaze, including units from St. George Fire Department, Utah Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

As of 4 p.m, Heyder said firefighters were still unable to create a line around the fire and were pumping water from the river to help extinguish the flames.

“It should be taken care of in a few hours,” he said.

A state fire investigator is reportedly at the scene trying to determine the cause of the fire.

St. George News reporters CODY BLOWERS and RON CHAFFIN contributed to this report.

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