WILLOW PATCH FIRE UPDATE – JUNE 30
Summary: Teeples Type 3 team assumed command of the fire at 8:00 am today. Weather conditions have currently moderated from yesterday but we remain in red flag conditions. Fire activity will increase as the afternoon temperature rises and wind increases. Smoke will be visible from I70 and the surrounding areas. Crews continue making good progress on the east and west sides of the fire. Highway 24 is currently open but could close at any time to ensure firefighter and public safety. Suggested alternate routes, take I70 to SR72 to Loa or Hwy 89 South to Kingston Cyn.
Start Date: Friday, June 29, 2018- approximately 1:00p.m.
Location: Highway 24, approximately mile marker 19
Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management and State of Utah.
Fire Size: 1,000+ acres (Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)
Cause: Human Caused- Under Investigation.
Fire Behavior: Yesterday we had extreme fire behavior and the fire remained active overnight.
Closures: Highway 24 is currently open but could close at any time. The Sevier County Sheriff’s Offices has closed several roads within the fire area.
Structures Threatened: Powerlines remains threatened. No structures immediately threatened.
Percent Contained: 0%
Fuels: Pinyon and Juniper, Brush, and Grass.
Fire Crews/Resources: Multiple resources including air support.
Evacuations: No evacuations.
Injuries: No injuries reported.
For more information on fires in Utah visit www.utahfireinfo.gov.
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