Saturday, June 12, 2021 (evening update)
Contact Fire Information: (435) 287-4126
|Start Date||Cause||Size(In Acres)||Percent Containment||Helicopters||Engines||Crews||Dozers||Total Personnel|
|June 9, 2021||Abandoned campfire||5,164||6%||5||12||6||0||205|
Summary: An area closure took effect Saturday afternoon to prohibit public access to the west side of the La Sal Mountains about 10 miles southeast of Moab, Utah. The closure was ordered by Manti-La Sal National Forest officials to prevent potential injury to outdoor recreationists, property owners, and fire crews during suppression operations on the Pack Creek Fire. (Closure boundaries and a complete list of affected roads and trails are posted at https://utahfireinfo.gov/news). The Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team relieved local firefighters Saturday morning and achieved 6 percent containment on the fire; more resources are expected to arrive in the next few days. Besides securing structures in Pack Creek, firefighters continued structure protection work on properties at higher elevations of La Sal Loop Road. Portions of the fire are inaccessible due to steep terrain.
Rocky Mountain Power restored electrical service to Pack Creek customers by Saturday afternoon after replacing a pole, three transformers and other equipment. Power distribution infrastructure remains threatened.
Evacuations and road closures: Barring unexpected events, the evacuation order for homes in the lower section of Pack Creek is expected to be lifted tomorrow at 6 a.m. for residents only. However, the homes in the upper section (above the US Forest Service boundary) remain under evacuation until the hazards in that area are reduced.
Jurisdiction: U.S. Forest Service (Manti-La Sal National Forest), U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and State of Utah.