Saturday, June 13, 2021 (morning 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||5,424||6%||5||18||5||0||257|
Summary: Fire behavior in the La Sal Mountains above Pack Creek was moderate, but for the time of year, the fire was surprisingly active as it moved through live, but dry pinyon/juniper fuels. Firefighters have made good containment progress along the lower perimeter of the fire in residential areas. As a result, evacuations that were in place in the community have been relaxed. Residents in the lower Pack Creek Ranches area have been allowed back in their homes; however, the remaining homes past the U.S. Forest Service boundary remain evacuated.
The excessive heat warning forecast for noon Monday to midnight Friday increases risk of rapid fire spread.
The steep, rocky terrain where the fire is burning presents special challenges to crews working for containment. Fire crews reached 6 percent containment on Saturday, and that number is expected to rise with the anticipated arrival of more than 100 personnel over the next two days.
Evacuations and road closures: The evacuation order for homes in the lower section of Pack Creek was lifted 6 a.m. Sunday, allowing residents of this foothills community to return to their homes for the first time since Wednesday. Homes in the upper section (above the U.S. Forest Service boundary) remain under evacuation restrictions until the hazards in that area are reduced.
The area, road and trail closure on the National Forest lands surrounding the fire area remains in place.
Closure boundaries and a complete list of affected roads and trails are posted at https://utahfireinfo.gov/news.