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Wildfire in southern Utah causes power outages

Posted at 3:59 PM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-04 23:36:18-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — A new wildfire was started Saturday afternoon in Washington County.

The "Lava Ridge Fire," located northeast of Ivins, was 100 percent contained and out by Sunday night. It burned a total of 348 acres.

State wildfire officials said there were no structures threatened. However, the fire did threaten power lines and a power substation on Saturday.

Some lines were de-energized, the City of St. George Energy Services Department wrote in a Facebook post. The Ledges area, Winchester Hills, Diamond Valley and Dammeron Valley were affected by the outage, which Rocky Mountain Power's outage map indicated was affecting more than 1,600 homes at one point. Later Saturday evening, it showed no outages in the area.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Sunday night.