Crews battle 2 vehicle fires in Littlefield over the weekend; fire spreads to over 18 acres

ST. GEORGE — Firefighters in Littlefield, Arizona, responded to two vehicle fires Saturday night that kept crews busy until well into Sunday morning.

What appeared to be a vehicle fire caught the attention of motorists traveling southbound on I-15 near mile marker 9 near Littlefield, Arizona, Tuesday afternoon, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the brakes and bearings were sending heavy gray smoke into the air, Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief, Andre Ojeda, told St. George News.

One motorist, Andy Desoto, submitted a video of the smoke billowing from the truck that was included in the video shown at the top of this report.  

Ojeda went on to say the call was dispatched as a truck fire, but much of the smoke was gone by the time crews arrived.

“The fire didn’t even reach the tires,” Ojeda added. “When everything was done, the truck was relatively intact.”

Brushfire is ignited when a car catches fire on Highway 91 and Scenic Boulevard in Littlefield, Ariz., Sept. 1, 2020 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire Department, St. George News

That was a very different outcome from what fire crews found late Saturday night when firefighters were dispatched to a vehicle fire on Old Highway 91 and Scenic Boulevard, where they found a passenger car fully involved in fire.

Footage of the fire was provided courtesy of Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire Department and is included in the video shown at the top of this report. 

The blaze quickly spread to the grasses and brush growing alongside the highway and continued spreading as fire crews battled the flames throughout the night. Nearing daybreak, he said, the fire that burned through more than 18 acres was finally contained.

While the blaze did not spread toward any structures, he said, with so much open area and fuels, the potential for it to spread even farther and become a massive fire was a possibility, as was seen in the Basin Fire in May that burned through more than 38,000 acres.

Ojeda also said the 500-acre Scrub Fire that started in southwest Washington County near Utah Hill from a lightning strike and spread east. Fire crews from Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire Department sent crews that spent nearly five days fighting the blaze.

Crews remained at the scene off of Old Highway 91 for several hours Sunday to continue mopping up and putting out hot spots to eliminate the risk of the blaze reigniting later.

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