UPDATE: 5/9/23 8:39 P.M.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) — The fire has been 100% contained as of 7:56 p.m. Tuesday, according to Utah Fire Info.
Fire crews in St. George will continue to monitor the situation. Officials said no structures were lost to the fire, no injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered.
The burnt area is estimated to be about 40 acres.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
UPDATE: 5/9/23 5:20 P.M.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) — Utah Fire Info says the fire is now estimated at 40 acres.
Officials say over 100 primary structures are threatened at this time, and that no current evacuations are in place.
Multiple agencies including local law enforcement are responding to the fire, which is reportedly burning in the tamarisk/riparian area.
Cause is currently under investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY: 5/9/23 4:44 P.M.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) — A wildfire kicked up in St. George Tuesday afternoon, prompting authorities to order evacuations in the area, according to St. George Police.
The fire reportedly started near 2500 E Waters Edge, just south of Virgin River near Mall Dr.
This is a “huge fire” that is causing a dangerous situation, says Public Information Officer Tiffany Mitchell, St. George Police. The wind is reportedly picking up and Mitchell is urging the public to keep clear of the area.
“We know that these things can be exciting,” says Mitchell. “Don’t come down here. Stay out.”
Authorities are evacuating the area, though specifics regarding the evacuation have not been provided at this time.
Utah Fire Info has put out the following tweet on the fire: “Washington County: A new fire in the River Bottoms of Washington County has threatened multiple structures and is forcing evacuations. Multiple resources have been requested and are responding. The State of Utah resources have been requested. More information to follow.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.