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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Hot temperatures and steep terrain hampered firefighters trying to extinguish a wildfire west of St. George.
The fire in the Beaver Dam Mountains was first reported at 9 a.m. Saturday, but by the evening the smoke had still not cleared and in some areas ash could be seen falling from the sky.
David Boyd, fire information officer for the Bureau of Land Management, said by Sunday evening it had burned more than 4,000 acres, but no homes or structures had been damaged.
Dry grasses continued to fuel the fire.
"It's just dry as a bone," Boyd said.
Boyd said part of the fire slowed Saturday evening after it spread into an area that had been burned several years earlier. Residents have been asked by fire officials to remember that Southwestern Utah is under fire restrictions.
Temperatures Sunday in Southern Utah reached the 100s, making battling the fire even more difficult. A BLM incident management team was scheduled to come in Monday.
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