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Southern Utah Wildfire 60 Percent Contained

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 St. George Spectrum  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.

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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.