Utah News

Monday, August 3, 2020

Molten copper ignites fire inside Cedar City manufacturing plant

PHOTOS: A small fire broke out inside a copper tubing manufacturing facility in Cedar City Saturday evening. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire reported at Mueller Copper Tube West Co., 888 N. 5300 West. “Some copper overflowed from the foundry and ignited some oil,” Cedar City Fire Chief Mike Phillips said, adding that the blaze was quickly contained and extinguished. “No injuries and no major damage,” Phillips said, adding that approximately 25 personnel responded, including the crews of three fire engines, one ladder truck, a heavy rescue vehicle and two command vehicles.
St George News

Family is safe after extreme heat causes car to overheat, catch fire in Farmington Canyon

VIDEO: A Woods Cross family is lucky to be alive after their SUV overheated and caught fire in triple-digit heat. There wasn’t much left, but they were able to get out safe. The incident took place Saturday afternoon near Francis Peak in Farmington Canyon. First responders feared the worst. They said the area was so steep and the heat so intense that their own vehicles started to overheat as they rushed to rescue the family and stop a wildfire from breaking out. The Tetelpa family stood from a distance, watching as their SUV went up in flames on the side of a dirt road. “It was insane. I have never seen that much heat before,” said Sgt. Chris Pope with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office. The family was not able to salvage anything. “My wallet, my purse, all of our car seats, our strollers… everything was lost,” said Kristy Tetelpa.
KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

Driver walks away from rollover on I-15 near Paragonah

PHOTOS: A blown tire caused a pickup truck to roll into the median on Interstate 15 Sunday afternoon, police said, adding that the driver was able to walk away from the crash with only minor injuries. The incident, which occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. just north of the Paragonah exit at mile marker 82, involved a white GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by an adult female. Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Bairett told Cedar City News at the scene that the vehicle was heading northbound when one of its front tires separated, causing the driver to lose control and go off the left side of the road and into the median. “She went into the median, rolled and spun around,” he said, adding that the woman was able to crawl out of the tipped truck on her own.
St George News

Friday, July 31, 2020

Few losses, no casualties reported while battling 4 fires across Washington, Iron counties thanks to coordinated firefighting efforts

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 meets governor’s case limit goal with 500 more COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported Friday

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

New Pine Hollow wildfire near Kanab burns nearly 3,000 acres

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

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