Utah Hicks Creek Fire 60 Percent Contained

Wildfire in Shurtz Canyon area has burned at least 1,421 acres

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Fire officials in southern Utah are reporting 60 percent containment of a wildfire that has been burning for more than a week in the Shurtz Canyon area near Kanarraville Mountain.

The Spectrum (http://bit.ly/2dPaDnw ) reports the Hicks Creek Fire has charred more than 2 square miles of federal Bureau of Land Management and private land since Oct. 16.

High winds fanned the fire during the weekend, pushing it to about 1,421 acres by Sunday.

Fire officials believe the fire began as debris burning on private property nearly three weeks ago.

It was previously being monitored by a private landowner before being declared a wildfire by the state fire marshal.

No criminal charges have been filed against the property owner.

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