Two fires develop in Toquerville

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TOQUERVILLE – Two brush fires were reported in the Toquerville area Tuesday.

The first fire, located northeast of Toquerville near State Route 17, began at 11 a.m.  Bill Roach, the dispatch center manager for the Color County Interagency, said the fire is believed to be human caused.

As of 5 p.m., the fire covers 300 acres. Multiple firefighting agencies have been called into the help douse the blaze.

Some structures were initially threatened by the fire, but it has since backed off and “gone into the rocks,” Roach said.

Though there is currently no estimated time of containment,  Roach said there are hope a break in the fire will occur once the sun sets and the wind dies down.

A helicopter and additional personnel are currently on scene.

A second fire was reported at 3:54 p.m., at 335 Ashcreek in Toquerville. The fire was also human-caused and currently covers 1.7 acres, Roach said.

He added the second fire was currently in the process of being contained and should soon cease to be a problem.

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