July 15, 2020
Contact: Kevin S, Abel, Cell: 435-592-4866, [email protected]
Fire Information: www.utahfireinfo.gov
Veyo West Fire Facts
Summary: As of 4:30 p.m. July 15, 2020 the Veyo West Fire, is at 2618 acres burned after an Infrared flight mapped the fire perimeter. Crews managed to hold the perimeter during the winds in the afternoon and improve containment lines. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.
Yesterday in Southern Utah there was a drone intrusion on the Turkey Farm Road Fire, halting air operations.
Wildland fire manages want the public to know that unauthorized drone flights near a wildfire have the very real potential to cause serious injury or even death to firefighters and pilots who are in the air, as well as firefighters and public citizens on the ground. This is because aerial firefighting aircraft, such as airtankers and helicopters, fly at very low altitudes, the same as drones flown by the general public, creating an environment for mid-air collisions.
Adding to this disastrous mix of unauthorized drone flights and fire is the fact that firefighting aircraft typical fly in smoky, windy and turbulent conditions. Safety depends on knowing what other aircraft are operating in the airspace and where they are at all times. Consequently, their safety is compromised by the presence of a drone.
Fire Size/Containment: 2618 aces, 20% contained
Location: Near Veyo, Utah
Fire Behavior: Moderate with group torching and smoldering
Cause: under investigation
Structures Threatened: Yes
Closures: secondary roads west of Highway 18, and north of Veyo.
Evacuations: No Current Evacuations
Fuels/terrain: Grass, brush and Timber (Grass and Understory)
Fire Resources Assigned: 275 Wildland fire fighters- 11 Type III/IIII engines, 6 Type VI Engines, 2 Bulldozers, 1 water tenders, multiple local fire departments, 3 Type I Crews, 6 Type II crews, and 1 helicopter.
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