Utah wildfire burns closer to homes after hundreds evacuated

June 6, 2021 GMT

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — A wildfire burning in southern Utah has triggered the evacuation of almost 300 homes and burned within a mile of some structures as strong winds threatened to fan the uncontrolled blaze, officials said Sunday.

The fire south of the village of Mammoth Creek near Cedar City was burning in stands of ponderosa pine and douglas fir trees. It had burned one square mile (two square kilometers) by Sunday afternoon.

The cause of the fire, which was ignited Saturday, remained under investigation, according to information provided by Dixie National Forest.

Wind gusts of up to 35 miles an hour were forecast across much of southern Utah, raising the risk of wildfires spreading rapidly.