Monday, June 14, 2021
Contact Fire Information: (435) 287-4126
|Start Date||Cause||Size||Percent Containment||Helicopters||Engines||Crews||Dozers||Total Personnel|
|June 9, 2021||Abandoned campfire||8,243||/ 6%||8||32||6||0||306|
Summary: The significant spread of the Pack Creek Fire since Wednesday, June 9, is the result of drought conditions in the Manti-La Sal Mountains that haven’t been seen for at least 90 years. The combination of record heat, extremely dry fuels and steep, rugged terrain presents historic challenges for firefighters attempting to control the fire’s spread. More containment line was secured yesterday around Pack Creek, but containment remains at 6% due to growth in the fire perimeter.
Firefighters will continue their work along the fire’s western perimeter near Bromley Creek, where fire spread has been more moderate. They also are working to protect structures and other valuable assets that lie in the fire’s anticipated path in upper Pack Creek and north and east into the Oowah and Warner Lake basins. Given current conditions, the fire has potential to continue moving east of Geyser Pass, threatening structures in the area of Blue Lake and Dark Canyon. Residents of this area were ordered to evacuate Sunday night.
Forest Service investigators are continuing to explore leads that may help identify those responsible for the fire’s start, and they have now set up a tip line for anyone who may have information about the start of the Pack Creek Fire. The tip line can be reached at 775-355-5337.