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Utah fire consumes approximately 350 acres with 30 percent containment

by Jordan Miller, Salt Lake Tribune |

A new wildfire ignited in Washington County late Thursday, sparked by a vehicle rollover, and the blaze has already burned about 350 acres east of Virgin, Utah, a short distance from the Arizona border.

The Dalton Wash Fire as of Friday afternoon was 30 percent contained, according to Utah Fire Info, a state-run website that provides updates on active wildfires throughout the state. The fire was previously mapped at about 600 acres, but aerial resources were able to better map the fire’s perimeter.

It is located about 2.5 miles east from the town of Virgin, and five structures are threatened by the blaze, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

So far, no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported.

Evacuations remained active as of Friday at a nearby “tiny homes” site and for three private residents. Approximately 30 individuals total were evacuated, according to the BLM, but they anticipated a full reopening as early as Saturday morning.

Dalton Wash Road remains closed as firefighters combat the flames.

Crews expect to put out the wildfire by June 13. It’s burning in a combination of roadside fuels and rough terrain, making it difficult for resources to flank all sides of the blaze.

Aerial resources are working the fire throughout Friday in addition to ground resources, but incoming warm weather to the area this weekend will make fire potential “challenging” over the next few shifts, according to a news release.