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Wildfires Flare Up Near St. George

Wildfires Flare Up Near St. George

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Ashley Hayes ReportingAs several fires across the state burn out, others are flaring up, especially near St. George.

Two fires have been burning overnight, and crews will be working throughout the morning to contain them.

So far these fires have not encroached on homes or buildings. The fires have not been a threat to people, but that doesn't mean Washington County residents haven't been affected by them.

The Power Line fire, as it's been named, destroyed a 138,000-volt power line, effectively cutting off power to most of the county. Last night Red Cross set up an emergency shelter in St. George. Several people with medical issues requiring power went to Dixie Regional Medical Center. The power was restored overnight.

The Power Line fire has burned more than 300 acres and is 10 percent contained. Firefighters left the scene late last night and should be returning this morning.

The most recent fire sparked up around 9:00 last night in the Virgin River Gorge. Lightning may be the source of that fire. Officials with the Bureau of Land Management say the fire has burned 15 to 20 acres from St. George and Littlefield. But no homes or buildings are in its path.

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