For Immediate Release
July 1, 2018 at 6 pm
Willow Patch Information Officer
Wildfire Fact Sheet- Willow Patch Fire
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Summary: No new growth today. Crews continue working on containment lines on the east side and making good progress on the west side of the fire. Due to smoke, Garkane Energy powerlines serving Wayne County and portions of Sevier County including Burrville, Koosharem and Fishlake Basin were impacted. At this time, power has been restored, but there may be intermittent outages that would affect services in those areas.
Highway 24 remains open; however, there will be fire traffic in the area. Please use caution and heed signs and law enforcement. For your safety and firefighter safety, please do not stop along highway 24 where you see fire activity or equipment. The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has closed several roads in the area. Please be aware that smoke, with the evening inversion layer, will lay down at night and visibility will be limited. Fire managers are asking the public to stay out of the area.
Start Date: Friday, June 29, 2018- approximately 1:00 p.m.
Location: Highway 24, approximately mile marker 19
Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management and State of Utah.
Fire Size: Approximately 4,551 acres (Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field)
Cause: Human Caused- Under Investigation.
Fire Behavior: Interior spotting. No new growth.
Closures: The Sevier County Sheriff’s Offices has closed several roads within the fire area.
Structures Threatened: Powerlines remain threatened. No structures immediately threatened.
Percent Contained: 50%
Fuels: Pinyon and Juniper, Brush, and Grass.
Fire Crews/Resources: 4 Crews; 3 Helicopters; 8 Engines; 3 Dozers; Total of 172 personnel
Evacuations: No evacuations.
Injuries: No injuries reported.
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