BLANDING, Utah — July 21: On July 16th, the lightning-caused Peavine Canyon fire was reported in the Dark Canyon Wilderness of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, 45 miles west of Monticello, UT. The fire is 145 acres in size and is becoming more active with drying conditions, making smoke visible from the Highway 191 corridor. Small groups of trees are burning and the fire is moving uphill and with the breeze. Currently 141 people are assigned to the fire. Troy Suwyn is the incident commander.
Resources currently on scene:
2 Type I hotshot crews 1 Type 3 engine
2 Type II IA crews 4 Type 4 engines
1 Type 3 helicopter 1 Type 6 engine
Minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST) are being used where possible within the Dark Canyon Wilderness. Crews use a type of fireline that causes minimal disturbance. Fewer trees will be cut, and more natural features such as wet areas and rock outcrops help stop the fire’s spread. Firefighter safety is always a primary concern, and crews are proceeding carefully.
Area closure in effect for Forest Trail 023 Brushy Knoll and Forest Trail 157 Peavine Canyon as well as Dry Mesa Spur Road 55391. Fire management asks that forest users avoid the fire area for safety reasons during firefighting operations.
Please be careful in lower elevations as drying grass is creating a fire hazard, particularly along roads and highways. For more information, call Heather McLean at 435-260-2871 or the Moab/Monticello Ranger district at 435-259-7155. ** If you would like this update delivered to your email box, please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal/ and sign up in the Stay Connected! box**