St. George wildfire threatens homes, officials say

The fire is burning about 40 acres in Washington County.

(Mark Eddington | The Salt Lake Tribune) The “Washington Assist 01” Fire burns about 40 acres in St. George on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

A brush fire that ignited in St. George on Tuesday afternoon is threatening more than 100 homes, according to Utah fire officials.

The “Washington Assist 01″ Fire is burning in the River Bottoms area of Washington County, near South 3000 East Street and Mall Drive, according to Utah Wildfire Info.

Multiple agencies responded to the blaze Tuesday afternoon, and local officials requested help from state resources, which is typical for wildfires, a spokesperson with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said.

As of Tuesday evening, there were no evacuation orders in place, but that could change as first responders continue to monitor the about 40-acre fire, officials said.

(Utah Fire Info) The “Washington Assist 01” Fire burns about 40 acres in St. George on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

“As you can see, there’s a huge fire behind us here that we are dealing with,” St. George police officer Tiffany Mitchell said Tuesday afternoon in a Facebook Live video update.

“It’s moving pretty good, it’s a dangerous situation right now that we’re in,” Mitchell continued. “So we’re just asking that everybody please do your part — stay home, stay away.”

Local law enforcement and fire crews as well as Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands resources were working together to put out the flames.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Justin Scaccy

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