UPDATED: Greenville Fire in Beaver County reaches 1,800 acres

At the Greenville Fire near the campground at Minersville Reservoir in Beaver County, Utah, Aug 22, 2020 | Photo courtesy of the Beaver County Commission, St. George News

ST. GEORGE —A lighting-caused fire in Beaver County south of the Minersville Reservoir that ignited Saturday afternoon has grown to 1,800 acres.

At the Greenville Fire near the campground at Minersville Reservoir in Beaver County, Utah, Aug 22, 2020 | Photo courtesy of the Beaver County Commission, St. George News

The Greenville Fire was originally reported around 4:50 p.m. Saturday and was at an estimated 300 acres shortly before 7 p.m. By 10 p.m. it reached 1,800 acres with firefighters achieving 5% containment, Greenville Fire information officer Christian Venhuizen told St. George News over the phone.

State Route 21 near the Minersville Reservoir in Beaver County has been closed due to the growing wildfire in the area, though officials are optimistic they’ll be able to open the road soon, Venhuizen said.

The fire reportedly threatens a ranch and a campground by the Minersville Reservoir. According to posts over Twitter and Facebook, the infrastructure at the campground is still standing and visitors to the campsite have been evacuated.

The fire is presently spreading and burning through grass, brush and juniper trees, Venhuizen said.

Fire fighting resources dedicated to the fire include nine fire engines, one water tender, four helicopters, six single-engine planes, two large air tankers and several firefighters.

Update Aug. 22, 10:25 p.m. Photos added.

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