CEDAR CITY–A wildfire began to burn out of control above Cedar City on Sunday afternoon after high winds caused a private, controlled burn to rekindle and spread.
Although authorities said the landowner was monitoring the fire, 40-60 mph winds, which the National Weather Service had previously warned for the area, caused the smoldering remnants of the private burn to relight. The Utah State Fire Warden declared the fire a wildfire at 1 a.m. on Monday. The wild fire is burning in the Hicks Creek area, which is approximately 3 miles south of Cedar City.
As of Monday at noon, the fire had consumed approximately 1,500 acres, including state, BLM and private land. Wind had pushed it towards three homes in the area, and authorities evacuated residents of those homes. High winds continued throughout the night. Authorities warned the Cedar Highlands subdivision on Cedar Mountain to be on standby for evacuation.
Authorities ordered a type-3 fire incident management team, 12 fire apparatuses, and aircraft for the area to respond to the wildfire. Authorities said the cause of the fire has not been confirmed to have started on private land, but is suspected of starting there. Fire investigators will be confirming the cause when able.
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