Evacuations lifted for Cottonwood Trail Fire burning in Washington County

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Cottonwood Trail Fire in Washington County threatening homes and roadways near Leeds, Sunday, July 19, 2020.

UPDATE 7/22 9:30 PM Fire is 100% contained

UPDATE: State fire officials report the fire is 50% contained.

UPDATE: I-15 in Washington County is open in both directions. All evacuations have been lifted. Officials said only local traffic is allowed in the Angel Heights area.

Travelers are asked to drive with caution near the fire for firefighter safety, crews will be working along the freeway today.

The fire is currently mapped at 1,631 acres and 35% contained.

UPDATE: Washington County authorities have lifted evacuations in Harrisburg Saturday night, but the Cottonwood Trail wildfire was still threatening some homes. Evacuations remained in place for residents of the west side of Leeds (Angel Heights).

Fire officials say the fire has spread an estimated 3,000 acres and is 10% contained. Winds have decreased and the fire spread has slowed significantly. A Type 3 team will be on the scene take command Monday morning.

UPDATE: The American Red Cross assisted evacuees of the Cottonwood Trail Fire by establishing a cooling and evacuation center at Washington Co. Fairgrounds, Grafton Building (5500 West 339 South in Hurricane).

Fire authorities estimated the fire had grown to 3,000 acres Sunday night, just a few hours after the initial spark.

According to Mike Melton, Fire Management Officer for the Southwest Utah Area of the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, one firefighter was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, treated and released.

The fire authorities believed a blown tire along I-15 started the wildfire.

LEEDS, Utah (ABC4 News) – Southbound I-15 is closed at Exit 27 to Exit 17 due to a new wildfire start. Northbound traffic on I-15 can also expect delays as I-15 is closed at milepost 16 (three miles southeast of Washington).

The new fire is being referred to as the Cottonwood Trail Fire and is located near the city of Leeds in Washington County. The fire is estimated at 1,000 acres and is growing.

The fire is being pushed by 15-20 mph winds. As of Sunday evening, some structures were threatened. No evacuations have been ordered. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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