Fire crews make progress on Roundabout Fire

Two lightning-caused wildfires are being allowed to burn in the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, July 5, 2016 | Stock photo, St. George News

IRON COUNTY – Despite increased winds, the 2,458-acre Roundabout Fire did not grow in size thanks to firefighting efforts and is now 75 percent contained.

Mike Melton, Roundabout Fire information officer, said fire crews made good progress toward containment Thursday. However, the difficulty of the terrain and weather and fuel conditions did not allow for full containment as was previously anticipated.

Color Country Interagency firefighters will continue to mop-up as they extinguish hot spots and improve the control lines over the next several days. Full containment is now anticipated to occur Friday evening.

The public is reminded that fire danger continues to be at elevated levels and to use precautions during activities in proximity to dry vegetation in order to prevent starting wildfires.

The Kern River Pipeline Road, Lost Springs Road and Horse Valley Road remain closed at this time.

Threats to existing values, such as grazing lands and wildlife habitat, have decreased. Additionally, no structures are threatened, no evacuations have been called, and no injuries have been reported in connection with the fire.

Approximately 101 individuals are currently involved in containing the blaze.

The Roundabout Fire started on Monday around 4:20 p.m., and is located in the Horse Valley area of Iron County, 20 miles northwest of Cedar City

The fire is believed to be human caused and is under investigation.

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