A brush fire started near mile post 10 on State Route 18 at Wincester Hills, Utah burned 52-acres before being contained Wednesday evening. (USFS photo)
A brush fire started near mile post 10 on State Route 18 threatens a home in Wincester Hills, north of St. George Wednesday evening. (CCIFM photo)
(Winchester Hills, UT) - A brush fire started near mile post 10 on State Route 18 in Wincester Hills, north of St. George late Wednesday burning 52-acres on state and private land. Mike Melton, Color Country Interagency acting public information officer said the fire was caused by a blowout on a travel trailer tire which damaged the wheel and axle bearing. The tire and wheel dislodged from the trailer and rolled into the dry grass where the wheel bearing ignited the grass.
The fire traveled quickly through the dry grass and brush threatening three homes and caused minor damage to a wooden deck of one home and windows of another.
Twelve engines and one water tender were deployed to bring the contain the fire. Melton said the following agencies worked on the fire: Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, BLM, US Forest Service, Winchester Hills, Diamond Valley, Dammeron Valley, Northwestern Fire District.
There were no injuries reported. Mop-up will continue into the evening with one engine on fire patrol through tomorrow, according to Melton.