A nighttime attack on a Hurricane-area wildfire gave firefighters the upper hand on the approximately 2,200-acre blaze in spite of winds that kicked up in a Utah's tinder-dry high desert Wednesday.
The fire, which began at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, burned in grass and sagebrush in hills that dot the area between Hurricane and Apple Valley. Nearby Highway 59 was closed for several hours Tuesday evening as smoke billowed from the blaze, and flames were at one point moving toward homes in the Angel Heights and Rainbow Canyon areas in southeast Hurricane.
However, winds shifted away from both the subdivision and highway. Crews worked late to take advantage of cooler temperatures, said fire spokesman David Eaker. The blaze was about 90 percent contained by Wednesday night.