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Campground Evacuated for Wildfire

Campground Evacuated for Wildfire

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A campground near a wildfire in Washington County was evacuated over the holiday weekend as a precaution.

Oaks Grove Campground was about 7 miles away from the fire, but campers were cleared out Saturday because there is only one road in and out of the area. The Jones Fire started Saturday afternoon and had spread to 500 acres by Sunday.

Afternoon storms Sunday with strong winds were spreading the fire.

"It has had some runs and that's where the increased acreage is going to be," said Maggie Dowd, a public affairs officer at Dixie National Forest.

Dowd's Cedar City office was about 40 miles away from the fire and she said she could see the plume of smoke from her window, partly because the storm clouds were containing the smoke.

More than 55 fires were burning Sunday in the Color Country fire district, but none were threatening any people or structures.

"The good thing is fire crews are getting on these right away," Dowd said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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