Lightning Sparks 16 Wildfires

Lightning Sparks 16 Wildfires

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(KSL News) -- Fire crews are battling 16 new fires sparked by lightning in Washington County.

Lightning Sparks 16 Wildfires

The blazes started yesterday within about two hours of each other. Authorities paged every fire truck in St. George to respond to the fires.

As crews scrambled to each location, residents heard the commotion.

Washington City Resident: "I just heard traffic going up the street and that doesn't happen very often at 1 am in the morning so I looked out the window and I could see down there and then I saw the lights."

The fire is close to the big Dammaron Fire that's been burning since last Friday. Nearly 500 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has burned about 8- thousand 7- hundred acres.

This lightening fire is now 35- percent contained.

Lightning Sparks 16 Wildfires

Another fire is burning in Washington City near a brand new subdivision. Crews put Washington City residents on standby, to be ready to leave their homes if the wind shifts or the fire gets worse.

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