Crooked Creek Fire Update 7/23



July 23, 2018

This will be the last update unless conditions change.

Time: 8 a.m.                                                               Cause: Lightning

Size: 137 acres                                                            Percent Contained: 15%

Date Started: July 18, 2018                                        Location: East of Milburn, North of Fairview

Number of Personnel: 182

Resources: 3 Engines, 3 Hotshot Crews, 3 Type two Initial Attack Crews, 3 helicopters, 1 air attack, 1 water tender.

Cooperators: Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, USDA Forest Service

Yesterday:  The Crooked Creek Fire is 15% contained. Although fire line has been built around the perimeter, heavy fuel, snags and rolling logs are keeping the fire hot and pose a risk for spread. Natural fire behavior helped to secure the fire on the southeast edge where there are fingers of fire and steep terrain. Crews have been securing line by taking down snags and turning over burning logs. Dead and downed timber continues to burn in numerous individual spots, so firefighters were working to get spots contained. Rain has not helped fire burning in heavy logs which are carrying the fire.

Today:  Firefighters will continue work to improve and secure lines, and hold the fire. Late afternoon thunderstorms with wetting rains have been forecast through Monday.

Current Closure Order:  The Manti-La Sal National Forest has issued an order closing the fire area, Forest Roads 138, 1178, 1048, 1049; Forest Trail 0053 from the Forest Boundary to the junction with Forest Road 0138, Forest Trail 048 from the Forest Boundary to the junction with Forest Road 1178. The closure is in place to prevent potential injury to the public and for firefighter safety during fire operations. You can read the order at:

Safety:  Be cautious when driving in the area. Remember fire restrictions are in place on the Forest.

Fire Information Hotline:  435-835-0860                   Facebook: “Utah Wildfire”

Media Contact Number:  435-835-0860                    Twitter: @UtahWildfire

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