Utah's fire season underway with brush fires

Jun 17, 2013

The summer fire season is underway.  Three wildfires are burning in central and southeastern Utah, with other smaller brush fires are popping up all over the state.

Dry and windy conditions around much of the state have kept fire officials vigilant.  The national weather service issued a red-flag warning for much of southwest and south-central Utah over the weekend.

Personnel from multiple fire agencies responded to a small brush fire along I-15 south of Cedar City on Saturday.  Although the fire burned only a few acres, smoke from the blaze hampered visibility for I-15 drivers, slowing travel through the area for several hours.

Governor Gary Herbert’s office issued the following plea:

"When you're enjoying our public lands, please, be responsible. Don't do anything that could ignite extremely dry vegetation," he said.

The Lackey Fan Fire is 30 percent contained after burning just under 1,000 acres near Moab.  Two smaller fires also continue to burn near Blanding, and in the Book Cliffs east of Price.