Update: 150 acres burned as a result of the LaVerkin Hill fire

The LaVerkin Hill fire burned 150 acres with the cause still under investigation, LaVerkin, Utah, May 19, 2020 | Photo Courtesy of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A fire at the LaVerkin Overlook was ignited Tuesday night and is estimated to have burned more than 20 acres so far.

The LaVerkin Hill fire burned 150 acres with the cause still under investigation, LaVerkin, Utah, May 19, 2020 | Photo Courtesy of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, St. George News

Various agencies have been working to stop the fire since it started around 6:45 p.m. Hurricane Valley Fire District Captain Steve Harris was on scene fighting the fire.

“I think we’re just about to get around it and stop the forward progress on it,” Harris said at about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. “We’re having pretty good success with burnout operations and an aggressive initial attack.”

He said Washington City, Zion National Park, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service crews were all helping to fight the fire. He called it a great mutual aid attack.

Harris estimated that the forward progress of the fire should be stopped around 10:30 p.m.

The LaVerkin Hill fire burns 150 acres

The LaVerkin Hill fire, which started around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, is 100% contained as of about 12 p.m. on Wednesday. The fire burned 150 acres and the cause is still under investigation.

There were no closures as a result of the fire and no structures were damaged. There were also no injuries.

Mike Melton, fire management officer for the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said the change in weather played a role in their ability to contain the fire.

“The weather really helped us out; it cooled off, the wind laid down, the humidity came up and the fire just stalled,” Melton said. “It gave us the opportunity to get around it, so we’re feeling pretty optimistic.”

With gusty conditions on Tuesday afternoon the fire was able to spread rapidly and that is something that Melton also pointed out.

“When you get winds like that especially, in the heat of the day when the humidity is lowest, those fires can move faster than we can run,” Melton said. “That’s why it can be so dangerous to firefighters and the public, is these fires can flat move out when we’ve got the proper conditions.”

Fire crews will continue to mop-up the burned areas over the next couple of days.

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