Interstate 15 just south of the Utah-Arizona border has reopened Tuesday after a wildfire broke out near the Virgin River Gorge.
The Lime Fire has grown to an estimated 3,000 acres by 9 a.m., with high winds and the area's current drought conditions hampering efforts to fight the fire. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
Around 9:40 p.m. Monday, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced that both directions of the highway were completely closed with no estimated time of reopening. However, the road was reopened around 6 a.m. Tuesday.
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🔥TONIGHT: Wildfire in the Virgin River Gorge (Arizona), south of St. George has closed I-15.
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No structures were threatened in the fire as crews attempt to limit the spread by containing it within an area previously hit by fires this year, according to the St. George News.
“We’ve tied this north end in pretty good, but the south end is what we’re worried about right now,” said Chief Jeff Hunt with the Beaver Dam Littlefield Fire District. “We’ve got several type six engines, several type four engines and a water tender. No aircraft until morning because they can’t fly at night, so right now we’ve just got a whole bunch of engines.”
The fire is the third in the past month month to spring up in the same area of highway.