Choke Cherry Fire Fact Sheet
For Immediate Release: April 5, 2021 6:00PM
Contact: Mike Melton (435) 590-4712
Summary: Firefighters continue to mop-up hot spots and build handlines on steep rocky terrain. Dozer line was completed on the flat portions of the fire.
Start Date: 4-4-21 2:51 PM
Location: Far western Iron County in Hamlin Valley near the Nevada border
Jurisdiction: State, Private and BLM lands
Fire Size: Estimated at 700 acres by aircraft. (one acre is roughly the size of a football field)
Cause: This fire was caused by a legal permitted burn. The person followed the instructions with one exception, they failed to make sure the burn was cold to the touch. Winds gusting to 35 mph fanned the piles of ash, this along with relative humidity in the single digits made for the perfect conditions to revive the fire which spread into drought stressed vegetation.
Fire Behavior: Smoldering mopping up hot spots
Closures: some local road closures
Structures: 5 threatened
Percent Contained: 25%
Fuels: Pinyon Juniper trees, grass and brush
Fire Crews/Resources: 12 wildland fire engines, 1 aerial supervision aircraft and two hand crews. Cooperating agencies: Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Iron County Sheriff and Road Dept. A total of 85 firefighters are assigned.
Evacuations: have been lifted
Injuries: noneFor more information on fires in Utah visit www.utahfireinfo.gov.
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