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Crews fight two roadside fires in Utah Sunday afternoon

Jul 31, 2022, 6:00 PM | Updated: Aug 22, 2022, 6:52 pm

Two roadside fires spark in Utah Sunday afternoon. Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — Two roadside fires sparked in Utah Sunday afternoon. One near Leeds, Utah, and the other near Birdseye, Utah.

Roadside fire near Birdseye

Utah Highway Patrol reported on its Twitter a roadside fire near Birdseye in southeastern Utah County.

According to the tweet, the fire was near US Highway 89 near mile marker  298.

UHP says the fire is under control but encourages all travelers in the area to use caution and expect closures as crews work on the blaze.

“Please remember to check your vehicle for dragging chains or anything else that could cause sparks,” it said in a tweet. “Don’t park a hot vehicle on dry grass and please don’t throw lighted materials from vehicles.”

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Roadside fire near Leeds

Utah Department of Transportation took to its Twitter to announce a second fire had begun near Leeds in Washington County.

According to the tweet, the fire started near southbound I-15 at milepost 26. Milepost 26 is three miles northeast of Leeds.

UHP Corporal Chris Bishop says a pickup truck caught fire, causing a brush fire. Additionally, he says the driver was able to vacate their vehicle.

At this time, no injuries or disruptions to the roadway have been reported.

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