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(KSL News) -- Fire season has started in Southern Utah and about 100 firefighters in Southern Utah are staying busy.
Just as firefighters contained three blazes, a new, fast-moving fire was sparked this afternoon, forcing the closure of Interstate-15 near State Route 9 in both directions for miles.
Several motorists have called saying traffic was backed up for miles, but the freeway is now open.
The biggest concern is near Red Cliffs where all residents are being evacuated. It is the 24th fire that has burned in the area since last week.
Still burning today are the Powerline fire, which had scorched more than 1,200 acres, and the North George fire, which was the largest blaze at more than 3,000 acres.
Fire officials say the rain and snow we've received for months won't stop fire threat.