BLANDING, Utah, July 24 –New road closures for the Peavine Canyon fire area went into effect today at 6 a.m. Forest Road 089 Peavine Corridor is now closed at the trailhead junction with Forest Road 088 South Elk Ridge. Forest Road 5108 Dry Mesa Road will also be closed at the junction with the 5340 including all spur roads to the north. Prior closure includes Forest Trail 023 Brushy Knoll and Forest Trail 157 Peavine Canyon as well as Dry Mesa Spur Road 55391. Fire managers ask the public to avoid the fire area if possible. More information is available at the Manti-La Sal National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal/ .
Crews have completed a control line around the higher portions of the fire using existing roads and trails. With increasing moisture in the area, crews are able to make good progress protecting the fire line as the fire moves naturally. The fire received no rain yesterday. The fire is 278 acres in size and continues to work through brush and undergrowth. Crews will be conducting burnout operations today as they work slowly southward along the closed Peavine Canyon trail.
Currently 156 people are assigned to the fire, which was discovered July 16 in the Dark Canyon Wilderness of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, 22 miles west of Blanding, UT.
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