Iron County man cited for farmland fire – Utah News

Iron County man cited for farmland fire – Utah News


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An Iron County man has been cited with two misdemeanors after authorities determined Monday’s fire that burned through more than 6-acres of land was human caused.

Frank Johnson, 41, was cited and released at the scene for reckless burning, a Class A misdemeanor, and willfully or negligently causing a fire, a Class B misdemeanor.

Fire and police investigators determined “several men” had been attempting to clean up the property in the area of 700 N. 800 West by burning a pile of weeds, according to a news release from the Cedar City Police Department.

More: Cedar City Fire Department investigates cause of farmland fire

Shortly after, one of the men called emergency dispatch at approximately 2:45 p.m. to report that the fire had begun to grow out of control.

The fire ultimately engulfed more than six acres of dry grass, old farm buildings and livestock corrals. Dry conditions and high winds caused the blaze to grow in size quickly. 

While the fire was mostly contained by 5 p.m., fire crews continued to monitor the scene throughout the night to prevent any flare-ups.

Cedar City Fire Department, Utah State Forestry and State Lands, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management were all involved in suppression efforts.

CCPD Sgt. Jerry Womack urged residents to use caution as the current dry and windy conditions are prone to fires.

Similar conditions also contributed to the Grass Valley Fire and North Fire, which burned in the Dixie…

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