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200-acre wildfire in southern Utah caused by unattended campfire

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Aug 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-30 01:14:31-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — A wildfire that broke out Sunday afternoon has grown to 200 acres, and investigators have determined it was caused by an unattended campfire.

It was started near the Oak Grove Campground, which has been evacuated. State wildfire officials have named it the Oak Grove Fire.

The fire is burning about nine miles northwest of Leeds. Officials say it is experiencing "active fire behavior" with "increased complexity." Wildland firefighters are working to contain and suppress the blaze, including crews on the ground, four small air tankers, three helicopters and seven smokejumpers.

A fairly large smoke plume from the fire was visible from I-15, as well as towns in the area.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wildfire in southern Utah visible from I-15 and nearby residents

"This is an important reminder that despite recent rains, fire potential still exists," Utah Wildfire Info tweeted. "Always drown, stir, feel, & repeat until your campfire is cold to the touch."