Bennion Creek Fire Update 6.12

Bennion Creek Fire Update Saturday, June 12, 2021 – Daily Update           Fire Information 202-320-7170 (6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) Email: [email protected] Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UtahWildfire Websites: https://www.utahfireinfo.gov   

Date Started: June 4, 2021                   Location: Bennison Ridge, Manti- La Sal NF, UT

Cause:  Natural         Total acres: 6650 Containment: 10%       Total Personnel:   227

June 12, 2021, 8:00 PM

FIRE SUMMARY

Driven by shifting winds and historically dry conditions, the Bennion Creek fire has continued to expand in remote and rugged country northwest of Scofield Reservoir.  The fire is burning in the area between Skyline and Starvation roads, on the Manti-La Sal National Forest.  An evacuation and closures remain in effect for areas affected by the fire. Firefighters are working aggressively to contain the fire, protect structures and mop up perimeter lines.

Saturday afternoon, strong winds caused rapid fire growth to the fire’s south, within the area of Sugar House Camp and to the fire’s north, within the area of Bennion Creek Camp. For public safety, Aspen Cove subdivision was evacuated. The evacuation order will be reevaluated daily depended of the fire’s activity.

Today, engines and crews continued to mop up any heat and enhance control lines around structures in Bennion Creek Camp and Sugar House Camp on the east side of the fire.  Crews constructed line around the fire east of Starvation Creek. Planning and preparation for potential future protection of structures around Scofield Reservoir continued.   On the north side, crews continued to secure and improve handline and dozer line and scout for opportunities for additional control lines.  On the south and west sides, crews worked to construct fireline along the 0008 road at the heads of Kelly Canyon and Bennion Creek drainages.  Scouting of additional control features west of Starvation Creek continued.  Crews are working diligently to fortify lines as much as possible before forecasted hot, dry, and breezy weather this week.

Two heavy, one medium, and one light helicopter assisted crews to extinguish pockets of heat.  Two Canadair CL415 Super scooper aircraft also assisted crews with water drops.  A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the fire.

Smoke is visible in the surrounding communities and from Highway 6. Starvation road, Bennion Ridge road, Forest Road 0008(Bear Ridge Road), and Fish Creek Trail are closed for public & firefighter safety. The Aspen Cove subdivision has been evacuated.  Please remain clear of the fire area.

Current Staffing:

Handcrews: 8

Engines: 8

Helicopters: 4

Dozer: 1

Closures: Bennion Ridge Road, Forest Road 0008 (Bear Ridge Road), Starvation Road, and Fish Creek Trail.

Evacuations: The Aspen Cove subdivision has been evacuated; its status will be re-evaluated tomorrow evening.

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