Delays remain on NB I-15 near St. George, but officials report progress in fighting brush fire
Oct 29, 2023, 10:59 AM | Updated: Oct 31, 2023, 4:47 pm
ST. GEORGE, Utah — Fire officials continue to battle hotspots and say that the wind is the biggest factor related to a brush fire that, earlier Sunday, closed a portion of northbound I-15 north of St. George.
In a live update on its Facebook page, a Hurricane Valley Fire official said that one lane of the northbound freeway would remain closed because firefighters are still nearby.
Fire crews were called to the scene of a brush near mile marker 22, in Washington County, earlier on Sunday morning.
According to reporting from St. George News, the city of Harrisburg was evacuated. St. George News also reported that Leeds residents were warned about the possibility of evacuation.
According to St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker, fire crews from St. George, Washington, Hurricane Valley, and New Harmony responded to the scene to help extinguish the flames.
There were reports of heavy wind in the area, which officials said helped the fire jump across the asphalt streets.
Brush fire on NB 15 in Washington County. The exit ramp at MP 22 leaving St. George is CLOSED AND 2-right lanes of main flow I-15 are blocked. pic.twitter.com/bfS94esp1Y
— Heather Kelly (@KSLHeatherKelly) October 29, 2023
Stoker told KSL that fire officials were concerned about heavy timber close to homes in the area. However, as of 12:50 p.m., no homes had been lost to the fire.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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