CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Three fires continue to burn several hundred acres near Cedar City Thursday.
The Aspen Fire is the largest which started by lightning and is burning north of Bumblebee Mountain in the Dixie National Forest.
Twenty structures remained threatened. The people living just north of the fire are on alert, aware they could be evacuated at any moment.
Around 300 people are fighting the fires from the ground and on air. Around 60,000 gallons of flame retardant have dropped from air tankers.
“I would describe this fire as a mess. Yesterday, with the strong winds out of the south and there are spot fires all over the place,” Type-3 Incident Commander Nick Howell said.
Firefighters tell ABC4 Utah they are worried the Alpine Fire could reach down into a canyon. If that happens, they say it will take just a few minutes before another mountain is engulfed.
There is a temporary flight restriction seven miles surrounding the fires, because planes are taking off every three minutes to fight the flames.
One road near Bumblebee Mountain is closed off while drivers are urged to stay away from Highway 56.