Firefighters still battling Washington County brush fire

Oct 30, 2023, 8:08 AM | Updated: 8:09 am


LEEDS, Utah— Firefighters in Washington County are still working to contain a brush fire in Leeds near I-15.

The fire forced officials to shut down the freeway on Sunday. It has since partially reopened as of Sunday evening.

According to a Facebook Post by Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue, crews were initially dispatched on Sunday morning around 9:33 a.m. to reports of a tree on fire.

Strong winds spread the blaze quickly in the direction of homes. According to the latest reports, no homes have been damaged.

The post said the Washington County fire is now about 15 acres, and officials believe it’s human-caused, however, it’s still under investigation.

Captain Tyler Ames of the Hurricane Valley Fire District said on Facebook Live that two homeowners voluntarily evacuated on Sunday. It’s unclear whether they’ve returned home yet. No mandatory evacuations have been issued.

Ames said Sunday’s smoke was still very thick. Residents have been encouraged to keep their windows shut and to leave the area if needed, mainly if people suffer from respiratory or other health complications.

Ames said ambulances can still respond to residents in need, however, much of the town is still blocked off for the firefighting efforts.

I-15 near the fire is still accessible, however, officials are asking people to be cautious of crews working near the roadway. Drivers should prepare for potential delays.


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