Lightning sparked a large wildfire Friday near Badger Peak, about 15 miles north of Cedar City.
The fire, which started around 4:30 p.m., has burned an estimated 8,500 acres and is 90% contained. The only closures in the area are dirt roads west of Minersville near Thermo.
No structures have been threatened and no evacuations are in effect. The crew battling the blaze consists of three helicopters, three single engine air tankers, and seven fire trucks. Personnel numbering 120 are fighting the flames, arriving from multiple local and statewide agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Dixie National Forest, and local fire stations such as Brian Head Fire Department.
Incident Commander Randy Turrill told SUN News, “This fire will take a few days to completely contain.”