S. Utah fire destroys cabin, more threatened

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Lynn DeBruin

CEDAR CITY — Authorities say a cabin under construction has been destroyed and a firefighter injured in a wildfire that continues to rage in southern Utah.

An interagency fire spokesman says the Shingle fire has burned 8,200 acres and threatens 550 cabins or summer homes and 300 other structures inside Dixie National Forest, about 30 miles southeast of Cedar City.

Fire officials say Highway 14 remains closed from Mammoth Junction to U.S. 89 in Kane County. U.S. 89 is open but heavy smoke is drifting across the highway.

The fire as of Wednesday afternoon was only 10 percent contained.

Some 200 firefighters are concentrating their efforts on the Elk Ridge area to protect cabins and second homes in the area.

Interagency fire spokesman Mark Wilkening says a firefighter broke his foot Tuesday night.

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