‘Bell 47 Fire’ near Minersville Reservoir

BEAVER COUNTY – A fire in Beaver County that started Saturday evening is currently under investigation.

Called the “Bell 47 Fire,” by officials, the blaze is located a quarter-mile south of Minersville Reservoir. The fire currently stands at 150 acres with 25 percent containment.  It started around 6 p.m., Saturday, and the cause  has yet to be determined.

One primary residence and three outbuildings are threatened, but so far no damage has been reported.

Travelers on state route 21, also known as Minersville Highway, may experience intermittent slowdown due to smoke.

According to Mike Melton, a fire management officer for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, firefighters will work through the night as they continue to contain the fire.

Melton also asks the public to be thoughtful and cautious during all outdoor activities as “fire danger is extreme.”

Fire crews and resources currently involved in the Bell 47 Fire include 10 engines, four water tenders, and one 20-person hand crew. Multiple agencies are also involved in fighting the blaze.

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