Aerial photo of Cottonwood wildfire. (BLM photo/Isaac Shinkle)
Single-engine air tanker fighting the Cottonwood wildfire west of St. George. (BLM photo/Cortney Crosby)
Color Country firefighter Cory Martin conducting a fire operation in an attempt to stop the Cottonwood wildfire's progression along the Apex Road. (BLM photo/Cortney Crosby)
(St. George, UT) - Fire crews have one-hundred (100%) percent containment of the Cottonwood wildfire 10-miles west of St. George. The fire burned 1026-acres near Jarvis Peak off the Apex Road on Utah hill. The cause of the fire is now attributed to area power lines, according to Fire Information Officer Nick Howell. There have been no injuries, no structures damaged or evacuations, he said. Mop-up operations will continue through Sunday as firefighters look for hot spots. Fire managers credit their early containment to the success of a successfully conducted firing operation which stopped the fire on the east side of Apex Road and weather with minimal winds until late Friday.
The fire, first reported about 9:00PM Thursday, has burned grass, brush, pinyon and juniper trees on BLM land.
Resources used included: 1 single-engine air tanker, 1 Type-III helicopter, 7 engines, 1 water tender, 1 Type III IC, 2 fuels crews. Firefighter crews are from the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Southern Paiute Agency, BLM Arizona Strip, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, and Color Country Districts.