West Valley Fire Update – June 28

Bode Mecham
West Valley Fire Information Officer
Cell: (435) 691-3924

Bode Mecham
West Valley Fire Information Officer
Cell: (435) 691-3924

Summary: The fire burned actively throughout the day and grew an estimated 4,700 acres today. The fire
will be mapped as soon as the wind allows for safe helicopter use for a more accurate size and
perimeter. A National Type 2 Incident Management Team is ordered and will bring more resources to the
incident by Saturday morning. The Red Flag warning is still in effect for this evening and is expected to
last thru Friday until 10 pm. This weather is expected to create containment challenges for firefighters.
Smoke will be visible from most of Iron and Washington Counties. The fire investigation remains ongoing.

Start Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018- approximately 2:59 p.m.
Location: One mile east of Gardner Peak, three miles northeast of Pine Valley Campground.
Jurisdiction: Dixie National Forest, Pine Valley Ranger District.
Fire Size: Estimated 7,200 acres (Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)
Cause: Under Investigation.
Fire Behavior: The fire is currently active and is visible from multiple locations throughout Iron and
Washington Counties. Fire has been wind driven thru most of the day and increased significantly in size.

Closures: -Summit trail at the junction of browns point and oak grove is closed 31021
-Whipple trail 31025
-Browns point trail 31008
-Canal trail up on Gardner peak trail 31006
-Water canyon trail 31024
-Mill canyon 31013
-North summit 31021
-High line trail 31027
-Syler spring 31051
-Anderson trail 31022
-Comanche 31011
-Long flat 31050
-FS road closure road 011 from forest road 035 to forest road 4011
-White rocks trail 31014
-Rock springs trail 31019
Upper Grant Ranch 31018

Structures Threatened: Approximately 10 homes on private land, near the Mill Flat Trailhead, located
approximately 2 miles from the fire.
Percent Contained: 0%

Fuels: Timber, Mountain Brush, and Grass.
Fire Crews/Resources: 8 Fire Engines, 6 Handcrews, 3 Heavy

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