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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Lightning sparked nearly two dozen wildfires Friday, burning hundreds of acres in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona.
The fires were burning grass, pinion and juniper, but were not threatening any residences, fire information officer Anne Stanworth said.
The lightning sparked 23 fires and at least three were still burning Friday night. The largest fire was estimated at 250-300 acres about 12 miles west of St. George. Another west of Gunlock was estimated at more than 100 acres and a third was at about 7-8 acres, Stanworth said.
Much of Utah, including the St. George area, has been living under flood watches as the mountain snowpack melted late in the season after temperatures warmed up. But the areas that lightning hit Friday were dry enough to start the fires, which were scattered throughout the region.
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