WASHINGTON COUNTY (ABC4 News) – A new wildfire driven by high winds is spreading quickly near Toquerville in Washington County.

Resources from federal, state and local wildfire agencies responded to the Anderson Junction Fire located near State Route 17 and Interstate 15. High winds caused the fire to quickly spread to more than 780 acres. Officials determined the fire was sparked by a vehicle dragging a chain.

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Three outbuildings were destroyed and one other was damaged. Twenty homes were briefly evacuated, but residents were allowed to return a few hours later. Fire crews reported 100% containment Tuesday evening.

Officials said temperatures in the low 90s, wind gusts up to 30 mph and low humidity all hampered suppression efforts.

The Anderson Junction Fire burns near Toquerville Monday, May 18, 2020. VIDEO: Clayton C-Bass

About 75 firefighters from Hurricane Valley Fire District, New Harmony FD, St. George FD, Washington City FD, Hildale FD, Apple Valley FD, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and Bureau of Land Management responded to the fire.

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