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Firefighters battle fast-moving wildfire near Hurricane


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HURRICANE — A brush fire quickly spread out of control Tuesday evening, and is causing concern for some homeowners in Hurricane.

The fire is burning is close to U.S. Highway 59 — the stretch of road between Hurricane and Hildale, going through Apple Valley.

Fire crews were first called to an area near the Angel Heights and Rainbow Canyons subdivisions just after 5 p.m.

Around 9:30 p.m., Washington County sheriff's deputies and Utah Highway Patrol troopers began escorting traffic through about a 1-mile section of Highway 59, between mile markers 16 and 17.

The fire isn't actually on the highway, but there is a lot of smoke in the area, making if difficult for drivers to see in front of them.

As of 11 p.m., roughly 1,000 acres had burned, and investigators don't yet know what caused the fire.

"Our objections on this fire is to keep it away from the structures and from the highway," said Hurricane Fire Chief Tom Kuhlmann. "So, we're trying to keep it away from the houses on Angel Heights in Hurricane, as well as the Diamond Ranch Academy and other structures on top of the hill, and Highway 59."

While the fire seems to be burning away from homes, crews plan to stay in the Angel Heights and Rainbow Canyon subdivisions overnight in case winds start blowing the fire back.

There are no evacuations in place yet.

Stay with ksl.com, KSL TV and KSL Newsradio 102.7FM/1160AM for the latest updates.


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