Update: 7:30 p.m: The OMG Fire is at approximately 1,900 acres. Forward progression has been stopped, smoldering and creeping is being observed. All else remains as earlier reported.
SOUTHERN UTAH – A fire triggered by lightning Friday night near Ivins, now named the OMG Fire, has grown to 1,900 acres and is 20 percent contained thus far. As for the Baboon fire, near Minersville, it is now 90 percent contained and remains at 20,732 acres.
Nick Howell, fire investigator and information officer for Color Country Interagency Fire Management, said the fire started around 5:30 p.m., Friday, near the old OMG gold mining plant near Highway 91. The fire is now burning on the Shivwits Indian Reservation and may require intermittent closures to Highway 91 as the fire develops.
No structures are threatened and no evacuations have been issued at this juncture.
The forward progression of the fire has been stopped as if 7:20 p.m., Sunday.
Various firefighting resources from the Color Country Interagency Fire Management Team are on scene and responding to the blaze.
The Baboon Fire is 90 percent contained with approximately 80 personnel on scene working to meet containment objectives. No fire growth has occurred Sunday. The fire remains at 20,732 acres.
No structures are threatened and no evacuations are in effect.
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