Residents near a Devon Energy Corp. oil rig in southern Utah were evacuated early Tuesday after a fire filled the air with thick black smoke.
Devon spokesman Chip Minty said no one was injured after a well control issue led to the release of oil and natural gas on the rig, sparking the fire.
Utah’s KSL-TV captured video of the fire.
Minty said crews are working to extinguish the fire safely Wednesday. Once the fire is under control, officials will investigate what caused it.
Devon has been active in Utah’s Uinta Basin for some time, but Minty said the company recently began drilling operations there in hopes of increasing its oil production.