With more than 16,000 acres burned, few losses and no casualties were reported during the four fires that recently burned across Washington and Iron counties thanks to a coordinated effort, communication and a large number of resources, fire managers say. Suppression of a large wildfire accounts for only a fraction of the total restoration and protection efforts that are associated with the event, and those efforts extend beyond the acres burned and the number of days it takes to contain a fire.
In Washington County, three such events took place within several days of one another, starting with the 2,600-acre Veyo West Fire, followed by the 12,000 acres Turkey Farm Road Fire, both reported July 13, and finally, the 1,600-acre Cottonwood Trail Fire that left motorists terrified along Interstate 15 as they dodged the flames.
St George News
Utah has achieved Gov. Gary Herbert's COVID-19 case limit goal with 500 new cases reported Friday.
Four more deaths were also reported, according to the Utah Department of Health. The health department estimates that there are now 11,763 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 457, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 9.9%.
Herbert had set a goal of seeing the seven-day average number drop below 500 cases per day by tomorrow, August 1. Friday's update means Utah has achieved the goal.
Had Utah failed to meet the benchmark by Saturday, Herbert had previously indicated he may reconsider stricter measures, such as a statewide mask mandate, to stop the spread of the disease. It's not clear exactly how the state will move forward now that the goal has been met.
KSL-TV 5 Salt Lake City
A wildfire being fought near Highway 89 in Kanab has already burned close to 3,000 acres, according to state fire officials.
The Pine Hollow Fire had burned 100 acres as of 8:23 p.m. Wednesday, and is now estimated at 2,771 acres.
It started in Arizona, about 25 miles east of Kanab and about 1 mile south of the Utah-Arizona state line.
State fire officials say it was caused by lightning. People at the Stateline Campground were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday. Members of the public are asked to stay off of House Rock Valley Road to keep access open for firefighters.
KUTV-TV CBS 2 Salt Lake City