Chris Holmes

News Correspondent - Southern Utah

Chris Holmes will soon graduate with a Masters of Professional Communication from Southern Utah University. While at SUU his work received numerous awards including the 2009 King Foundation Best of Festival Award in the National Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. Chris is also the host of the daily public affairs program, Southern Utah Forum on radio station KSUB (Cedar City, Utah). He lives in Cedar City, with wife, Marie and five children.


11:39 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Baboon Fire Explodes, Specialized Hog Farm Evacuated


The lightning caused Baboon fire quickly more than doubled in size to over 17,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of personnel from a portion of Utah's largest livestock complex. 

Thunderstorms sparked the blaze around noon Thursday. Another squall in the afternoon aided firefighters with higher humidity and spotty showers, but not before authorities called for the human evacuation of a portion of the expansive Circle 4 Hog Farm south of Milford. 

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Cedar City
5:41 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Monsoon Puts Out Some Fires, While Accompanying Lightning Causes Others

Monsoonal flows helped firefighters in southern Utah gain the upper hand on wildfires last week, but the same summer weather phenomenon also brings lightning. It was only a matter of time before southern Utah felt the monsoon's double-edged sword.

There are a dozen or so small fires burning in the Arizona strip caused by lightning. the most threatening appears to be the Baboon Fire burning between Cedar City and Minersville.

The fire has burned 1,500 acres and is 0% contained.

Utah News
6:01 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Expanded Fire Restrictions Include Ban on Charcoal Fires & ATVs

The new expanded bans apply to areas in southern Utah and northwest Arizona. The new restrictions go into effect in Washington, Iron, Beaver, Kane, Garfield, Wayne, Piute, Sevier and Sanpete Counties, as well as BLM lands in Coconino and Mohave Counties in Arizona.

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Page, AZ
4:37 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Watercraft Collision in Glen Canyon Leaves 2 Dead

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Spokesperson Denise Shultz said a New Mexico family was enjoying the scenery and looking at Peekaboo Arch on Friday, when 2 personal watercrafts collided, killing 2 riders. In addition, a juvenile female was taken to the hospital and later released.

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St. George
4:14 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

$10,000 Reward for St. George Bank Robbery Information

On June 21 a man entered the Bloomington Branch of Wells Fargo Bank in St. George and demanded money. No weapons were displayed, nor was anyone inured, but the suspect did leave on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Wells Fargo and the Utah Bankers Association are offering up to $10,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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Utah News
5:26 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Amid Rain Showers, Shingle Fire Holding Steady at 8,200 Acres

After several days of multiplying acreage, the Shingle Fire in Kane County has remained an 8,200-acre blaze for 2 days. But generally cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and even some rain fall has helped the 350 or so firefighters stabilize fire lines.

Even though the fire hasn't gained new acreage for 2 days, it is still only 10% contained. The aggressive aerial bombardment of water and fire retardant also continues.

A town meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening in Duck Creek Village to inform residents on the present fire situation.

Utah News
4:50 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Human-Caused Shingle Fire Shows No Sign of Stopping

The recently christened Shingle Fire is 0% contained.
U.S. Forest Service

It now has a name. What locals were calling the Swains Creek Fire is now being called the Shingle Fire by Color Country Fire Management Authorities, after Shingle Mill Canyon where the human caused wildfire started on Sunday.

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Cedar City
3:37 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

New Harmony Fire Closes I-15, Forces Evacuation of People and Animals

A wildfire near New Harmony, south of Cedar City, has destroyed 1 home so far and 7 other structures, forced the evacuation of about 40 homes, numerous farm animals, and led to the closure of I-15 between Cedar City and St. George.

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Cedar City
4:46 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Extreme Fire Danger: When Things that Don't Normally Start Fires Start Fires

One can scarcely venture outdoors from one end of the state to another without detecting the haze and scent of wildfires. The latest fire break out is near New Harmony, just south of Cedar City.

Nick Howell, from the Interagency Fire Center in Cedar City insists that the extraordinary conditions call for extraordinary precautions:

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St. George
5:25 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Near Perfect-Storm Fire Conditions Force Campground Closure

Better safe than sorry says the U.S. Forest Service. The agency has temporarily closed the popular Oak Grove Campground north of St. George in the Dixie National Forest because of extreme fire danger. A major factor in the move is accessibility. There is only one road in and out of the area and a wildfire could easily cut off campers from their only escape.

Despite a statewide red flag alert, the service also reports that firefighters have extinguished several abandoned campfires in the area near the campground in the past week.

The Forest Service calls the move a "proactive approach to safeguard the public during these extremely dry conditions."