KOLOB CANYON – A small brush fire ignited Thursday afternoon off Exit 40 on Interstate 15 when a small pickup truck, pulling a trailer and traveling north, caught fire.
At about noon, the Utah Highway Patrol, BLM Rangers from Kolob Canyon, and New Harmony Fire Department responded after an older model pickup truck pulled off I-15 at the Kolob Canyon exit after it began smoking.
The driver was able to pull off onto the northbound ramp at Exit 40 and exit the vehicle before the truck became engulfed in flames.
“It was most likely a mechanical fire,” said Capt. Scott Pace of the New Harmony Fire Department. “The fire originated under the hood.”
As the vehicle burned, the flames jumped and caught the surrounding brush on fire, too, Pace said. That fire proceeded to spread quickly up the Exit 40 ramp toward I-15.
Fire crews were able to contain the fire before it spread onto the interstate.
The fire temporarily blocked traffic at the Exit 40 northbound on-ramp, but the on-ramp was reopened once the flames were contained, around 12:45 p.m. The fire was completely out by approximately 1 p.m.
No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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