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Two wildfires burn thousands of acres in Washington County amid red flag conditions

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UPDATE 7/20: Officials report the Turkey Farm Road Fire is 100% and the Veyo West Fire is 90% contained.

UPDATE 7/16: The Veyo West Fire has burned approximately 2600 acres after an infrared flight mapped the fire perimeter Wednesday morning for a more accurate assessment. The fire is currently 20% contained. Firefighters have now secured 25% containment on the Turkey Farm Road Fire and held the fire at 11,993 acres. Crews managed to hold the perimeter of the fires during high winds Wednesday afternoon and improve containment lines.

UPDATE 4:00 p.m.: Washington City Police Chief Jason Williams confirmed with ABC4 News that homes north of Washington Parkway in the Green Springs area of Washington City have evacuated. He said the alert was sent out to 406 people at approximately 3:00 p.m. but is unsure how many homes it affects.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m.: The Turkey Farm Road was caused by fireworks. Fire managers confirm fireworks are never allowed at anytime of the year in the area where the fire was ignited. Investigators are asking the public for help identifying the individuals responsible for starting the fire with fireworks. The suspects are 3 teenage males seen driving a white sedan on Cottonwood Road around 9 pm on July 13th.

UPDATE 1:00 p.m. The Turkey Farm Road fire has transitioned to a Type 3 incident management team with growth being driven by erratic winds. Fire managers are requesting that the public avoids the following roads & trails: Turkey Track Road, Danish Ranch Road, BLM Road 901, Winchester Trail Road, Icehouse Trail, Yellow Knolls Trail, Black Gulch Trail, Middleton Trail and Mesa Rim Trail.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. The latest size estimate of the Turkey Farm Road Fire is 1,664 acres. The flames are 0 percent contained. The fire is located three miles west of Washington City. Officials have determined the fire to be human-caused but are still investigating the fire. No evacuations have taken place as of Tuesday morning. A large column of smoke is visible throughout St. George. One outbuilding has burned.

UPDATE 7:00 a.m. The Veyo West Fire has reached 2,900 acres and is 0% contained. One home and two outbuildings have burned. Officials are still determining an exact cause.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Critical fire danger with high winds during a red flag warning lead to two major wildfires in Washington County that broke out Monday, according to officials.

The Veyo West Fire, located approximately 20 miles northwest of St. George near Veyo, started at approximately 3:00 p.m. and forced evacuations for the west side of Veyo and Brookside.

Portions of S.R. 18 and secondary roads near Gunlock Road were shut down and did not reopen until about 2 a.m. when evacuations were lifted for Brookside and some portions of west Veyo. Officials say one primary residence has burned in the fire.

As of 10 a.m.. Tuesday, the fire is around 2,900 acres and is 0% contained.

The Turkey Farm Road fire north of St. George in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve was reported just after 9 p.m. Monday.

The flames threatened a few structures and burned actively throughout the night. As of 7:00 a.m, the fire is estimated at 2000 acres and no structure damaged has been reported.

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