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'Turkey Farm Road Fire' threatens structures in southern Utah; Started by fireworks

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Jul 14, 2020

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — Authorities are looking to identify the teenage suspects who they believe started another fire in southern Utah.

The "Turkey Farm Road Fire" is burning north of St. George and west of Washington City, last estimated at 11,700 acres with no containment.

It was started by fireworks Monday night around 9 p.m. and spread rapidly due to erratic winds. Investigators are asking the public to help them identify the suspects: Three teenage males driving a white sedan around that time on Cottonwood Road. Anyone with information should call 435-704-4456.

Officials also remind the public that fireworks are illegal until July 22 (and ending July 25), and they are always illegal in the area where the fire started.

The fire has destroyed one outbuilding, and other structures are threatened.

A few homes in Greens Springs were evacuated Tuesday evening, but the evacuation orders have since been lifted.

The following roads and trails have been closed:

  • Secondary roads west of Washington City and north of St. George
  • Turkey Track Road
  • Danish Ranch Road
  • BLM Road 901
  • Winchester Trail Road
  • Icehouse Trail
  • Yellow Knolls Trail
  • Black Gulch Trail
  • Middleton Trail
  • Mesa Rim Trail

Fire crews are battling the blaze from the ground and the air, including heavy air tankers, single-engine air tankers and a helicopter.

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