For Immediate Release
July 15, 2020
Contact: Kait Webb, Ph/text: (385) 249-6696, [email protected]
Fire Information: www.utahfireinfo.gov
Summary: The fire made significant runs throughout the day driven by wind and terrain yesterday, July 14th. Aggressive suppression efforts from both aerial and ground resources protected the surrounding communities near the fire area. After a flight this morning the fire was mapped at 11,993 acres. Today, firefighters will prioritize minimizing fire growth. They will also focus on holding the control lines established yesterday. Air resources will be making water and retardant drops as needed throughout the day while crews engage directly along the fire’s edge where it is safe to do so in order to establish containment lines.
Fire Size/Containment: Mapped at 11,993 acres, 0% contained
Location: 3 miles west of Washington City in Washington County
Ownership: State, BLM and Private
Fire Behavior: Running
Cause: Human-caused, fireworks.
Structures Threatened: Yes
Structures Destroyed: 1 outbuilding
Closures: Secondary roads west of Washington City and north of St. George, Turkey Track Rd, Danish Ranch rd, BLM rd 901, Winchester Trail Road, Icehouse Trail, Yellow Knolls Trail, Black Gulch Trail, Middleton Trail and Mesa Rim Trail.
Fuels/terrain: pinyon, juniper, dry brush and grass
Resources Assigned: 12 Engines, 3 Water Tenders, 2 Dozers, 3 Type 2 crews, 2 Type 1 Hotshot crews, 8 Overhead and 5 Helicopters