IRON COUNTY – A spark from a vehicle rollover Thursday afternoon is being blamed for causing a fire now estimated to have burned 5,000 acres, authorities said.
A white 1998 Ford Explorer traveling north on state Route 130 at Milepost 33 overcorrected after drifting off the right shoulder into the dirt causing the vehicle to roll several times, authorities said. The accident occurred at around 12:45 p.m. and caused a spark that in turn, ignited the wildfire.
The driver was transported to Beaver Valley Hospital with minor injuries.
Crews and heavy equipment are constructing a direct fireline along the fire’s perimeter and are making good progress to stop the forward progression on portions of the fire located on the west side of Highway 130, Fire Information Officer Nick Howell said.
“The fire remains active and will likely experience more critical weather conditions tomorrow,” he said.
The fire started approximately 3 miles from the town of Minersville. Possible evacuations were being planned earlier in the day as reports showed the fire moving closer to the population center. A news release issued at around 10 p.m. Thursday stated the fire is now traveling east, away from Minersville. However, the release still identified the town under threat as is one seasonal cabin and another infrastructure.
State Route 130, Minersville Highway, is currently closed from Milepost 9 near in Enoch to Minersville. Authorities will reassess the closure Friday morning to determine whether to reopen access.
Multiple resources have been ordered and are expected to arrive late Friday.
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