Turkey Farm Road Fire suspects identified, charged with igniting the blaze

Contact(s): Mike Melton, (435) 590-4712

Public tips led to successful investigation


ST. GEORGE— Interagency fire managers and law enforcement officials want to thank the public for the helpful tips that led to the identification of suspects and to the successful conclusion to the Turkey Farm Road Fire Investigation.

Pursuant to a joint local and federal investigation of the Turkey Farm Road Fire, three teenagers from the St. George area have been referred to Washington County Juvenile Court for their involvement in the July 13 wildfire that burned approximately 11,993 acres of federal, state administered and private lands.

Charges filed include:

  • Obstruction of justice in a criminal investigation
  • Providing false or misleading information
  • Use of fireworks in violation of fire restriction order
  • Reckless burning

The fire was caused by fireworks in a restricted area. A charge has also been filed against one of the juvenile’s parents for a violation of obstruction of justice.

Fire suppression costs of the Turkey Farm Road Fire exceeded $2.5 million and extensive rehabilitation efforts are required to stabilize and restore the burn area.  Land management agencies will pursue cost recovery for the fire suppression and rehabilitation costs incurred by the American taxpayers.   

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