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'Anderson Junction Fire' near Toquerville is 100% contained

Several outbuildings burned
Posted at 9:02 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 23:34:11-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — The "Anderson Junction Fire' in southern Utah is now 100 percent contained, officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was sparked by a vehicle dragging chains in the area Monday investigators determined.

It has burned around 786 acres.

Firefighters including a BLM crew from the Arizona Strip are mopping up hotspots.

The main concern is the Red Flag Warning and the winds kicking up again.

"Let's jut be careful folks," said Mike Melton with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. "Be careful with your campfires, make sure they are completely extinguished while you're out there social distancing in the recreational areas and just use some common sense, that's all we ask."

The plan is to fight the fire on the ground.

Aerial crews could fly the area at some point for mapping purposes.