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ST. GEORGE — Firefighters in Washington County responded to a blaze started by a campfire that quickly spread across a thick carpet of dried vegetation, demonstrating the beginning of a potentially heavy fire season in Southern Utah.
At 10:40 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire reported on Cottonwood Road, known locally as Turkey Farm Road, which serves as a connecting road to a number of trails within the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve just north of St. George.
Fire crews arrived in six brush trucks and a fire engine to provide a water supply, St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said, adding that when they arrived, “the fire was about an acre in size and spreading.”
Firefighters began attacking the eastward-spreading blaze, which started in a small dirt lot near the road approximately three miles north of Red Hills Parkway.
The fire was determined to be human-caused after a small campfire lit just off the roadway “got out of control,” Stoker said, adding that the individuals who set the campfire “remained at the scene and spoke to us when we arrived.”
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