Bennion Creek Fire Update – 6.16.21

A printable version of today’s complete update for the #bennioncreekfire may be found here:

Bennion Creek Fire: 8,325 acres, 17% containment. Began June 4, 2021.

Update: Containment on the Bennion Creek Fire has increased to 17%, and the fire remains at 8,325 total acres. The additional containment on the fire is shown on the spot east of Starvation Road. A printable version of today’s fire map may be found

Night operations on the fire went well yesterday evening. Firefighters worked to hold and secure direct and indirect line that had been completed earlier in the day. Today will be the last evening planned for nightshift operations on the fire. Tomorrow, those resources will be transitioned to daytime fire operations.

On the southwest flank of the fire, crews will work directly on the line where they are able. Crews will be inserted above Fish Creek Road to cold trail and secure perimeter. In the upper Bennion Creek drainage, crews will monitor the dozer line. In the higher elevations, they will engage and patrol line. On the northeast side of the fire, crews will patrol and mop up along Starvation Creek. The southern edge of the spot east of Starvation Road will be assessed today and make sure that there are no areas of concern. Plumbing will be set up to provide water support for firefighting efforts.

Weather: A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect for the fire through Thursday evening. A few dry showers may develop today across the mountainous terrain. These showers are anticipated to produce little to no rain and gusty and erratic outflow winds. Winds will shift this afternoon from Southwest to West to Northwest. Gusts of up to 30 mph are anticipated through the afternoon.

Resources: A total of 283 firefighters are assigned to the fire. Resources include 9 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 7 Engines, and 1 dozer.
Closures: Bennion Ridge Road, Forest Road 0008 (Bear Ridge Road), Starvation Road, and Fish Creek Trail. These closures are for public and firefighter safety.

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

Jurisdiction: The fire is in the jurisdiction of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, state and private lands. California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 is managing the fire.

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