BLANDING, Utah, July 29 –The Poison Canyon Fire is now 185 acres and the Peavine Canyon Fire is 1250 acres. The lightning-caused Poison Canyon Fire was discovered on July 26 and is burning in needles under Ponderosa pines. This fire is in an area previously planned for a prescribed burn. The drier, warmer conditions are expected to increase fire activity on both fires.
Low to moderate fire behavior in the Peavine Canyon Fire and the Poison Canyon Fire is beneficial in reaching management goals. The heavy snowfall last winter has contributed to fuels having much more moisture content than normal years, which lowers fire intensity. The fire is consuming some of the fuels on the ground, returning nutrients to the soil and reducing the chance of a catastrophic fire in the future. Both fires will benefit the area for the next 10-15 years.
Closures for the Peavine Canyon Fire include Forest Road 50089 Peavine Corridor; now closed at the trailhead junction with Forest Road 50088 South Elk Ridge. Forest Road 50108 Dry Mesa Road is closed at the junction with the 50340 including all spur roads to the north. Prior closure includes Forest Trail 023 Brushy Knoll and Forest Trail 157 Peavine Canyon. Maps and more information is available on the Manti-La Sal National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal/ .
Currently 109 people are assigned to the Peavine Canyon Fire and 22 people are assigned to the Poison Canyon Fire burning in the Monticello District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The Peavine Canyon fire is located 22 miles west of Blanding, UT and the Poison Canyon fire is located approximately 23 miles west of Monticello, UT.
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