Wildland fire near Enterprise on way to containment

Smoke of the Crestline Fire as seen from Enterprise, Utah, July 13, 2017 | Photo coutesy of Don Gilman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A lightning-caused fire located 5 miles northwest of Enterprise is well on its way to being contained, according to the Color Country Interagency Fire Center.

The Crestline Fire in Iron County burns through grass, shurbs, pinyon and juniper trees near the boundary line of Iron and Washington counties. The fire started by a lightning strike July 13 on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management’s Cedar City Field Office, Iron County, July 14, 2017 | Photo by Shaun Peterson courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management, St. George News

Dubbed the Crestline Fire by fire managers, it started Thursday around 5:20 p.m. and threw up a large plume of smoke noticed by some Enterprise residents.

Lightning struck the area six times, according to a Friday news release from the Interagency Fire Center.

The fire is located near the Iron / Washington county line. It is currently measured at 230 acres per aerial mapping Friday morning. Original estimates prior to mapping had placed the fire at 300 acres.

Fire managers anticipate the fire being contained by either late Friday or early Saturday.

Current fuels feeding the fire include grass, shrubs, pinyon and juniper trees.

Though smoke was seen from Enterprise, neither structures nor the town as a whole were ever threatened by the fire, Christian Venhuizen, spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management, told St. George News earlier in the day.

Color Country Interagency Fire crews fighting the Crestline Fire include BLM Color Country, BLM Arizona Strip, Dixie National Forest and Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

Fire restrictions for the region remain in place for due to dry conditions.

“Conditions are right for fire,” Venhuizen said.

Restrictions for the region, including the Arizona Strip and associated counties, can be found here: Fire restrictions expanded as fire managers hope to curtail human-caused fires

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