Choke Cherry Fire Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2021 5:00PM

Contact: Mike Melton (435) 590-4712

Summary: Firefighters made great progress in extinguishing hot spots and building hand lines in 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: Private and BLM lands

Fire Size: Confirmed at 660 acres  (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 of the permit 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: threat abated to structures

Percent Contained: 40%

Fuels: Pinyon Juniper trees, grass and brush

Fire Crews/Resources: 9 wildland fire engines, two hand crews. Cooperating agencies: Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service.  A total of 70 firefighters are assigned.

Evacuations: have been lifted

Injuries:  noneFor more information on fires in Utah visit
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