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Cabin blaze leads to rare winter wildfire in southern Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 3rd, 2018 @ 3:02pm


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OAK VALLEY, Washington County — A rare January wildfire is burning in an area north of Zion National Park, officials said Wednesday.

A cabin caught fire on Jan. 1 and the flames spread to very dry vegetation in the Oak Valley area, about five miles east of Kolob Reservoir, state Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Fire Management Officer Mike Melton said in an emailed statement.

As of Wednesday, the fire was about 39 acres and was 60 percent contained, Melton said. The cause of the cabin fire is still under investigation.

Conditions are drier than normal for January in the area, and the fire is burning in dry grass and oak brush.

No roads were closed due to the fire and there were no evacuations, but three other structures in the area were threatened by the fire, Melton said. No one has been injured as a result of the fire.

Seven fire engines were dispatched to the fire from multiple agencies, including the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands; Hurricane Valley Fire District; Washington City Fire Department; Hildale Fire Department; Santa Clara-Ivins Fire Rescue; Bureau of Land Management; and the Utah State Fire Marshal.

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com
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