UPDATE: Hurricane fire 65 percent contained

Brush fire above Hurricane Family Pharmacy, Utah, May 22, 2012 | Photo by Joan Martin

Updated May 23, 1:55 p.m.

Updated May 23, 9:30 a.m.

First published May 23, 2012 6:16 a.m.

HURRICANE – According to UtahFireInfo.gov, the Hurricane fire is now 65 percent contained, yet remains at 2,000 acres. The fire has also caused the closure of the road leading to Diamond Ranch Academy.

Early Wednesday morning the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has reported the Hurricane fire that started Tuesday evening is approximately 30 percent contained.

The fire started May 22 near the Angel Heights and Rainbow Canyon subdivisions in Hurricane and spread north and east toward state Route 59.

The fire was initially reported to be 300 acres by 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. Due to windy and dry conditions, however, the fire is estimated to have spread to 2,000 acres by early Wednesday morning.

The fire caused temporary closure of state Route 59 and vehicles were escorted through the area for a period of time. The highway is now open without restriction.

Structures in the Angle Heights, Rainbow Canyon and Diamond Ranch Academy areas were threatened, though there has been no report of property damage. Fire crews from multiple agencies have worked to contain the fire and protect structures.

At 1:55 p.m. the fire remains estimated at 2,000 acres with 65 percent containment, mainly as current GPS readings are pending. The only current road closure is Diamond Ranch Academy Road which impacts minimal traffic needs in the region.  Fire Information Officer David Eaker said that there are no immediate threats to any property or persons. He said that the fire responders are getting it under pretty good control, they are bringing in helicopters to do bucket drops in hard to reach areas, like canyons, this afternoon.

The fire has been identified as human-caused. That determination is made primarily on the fact that there have been no lightning strikes that may have caused a fire.  Human-caused neither means nor excludes an intentional cause, arson or otherwise.  The investigation into the exact cause is ongoing.

Fire on the ridge near 1300 S and 180 W in Hurricane, May 22, 2012. | Photo by Sandra Woodring Adams.



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