Pack Creek Fire Update
Friday, June 18, 2021
Contact Fire Information: (435) 287-4126
Start Date: June 9, 2021
Cause: Abandoned campfire
Size in Acres: 8,531
Est. Cost to Date:$5.2 mil.
Total Personnel: 556
Firefighters had another successful day as the fire is now 36 percent contained. Increased relative humidity helped fire suppression efforts by moderating fire behavior. The fire was active today near Oowah Lake, Haystack Mountain and Geyser Pass. Despite the reduction of smoke, the fire remains active. Vegetation in the fire area remains critically dry while crews continue to remain vigilant to changing conditions. Drift smoke from neighboring states again may be visible throughout Grand and San Juan Counties.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for predicted dry lightning. Extreme burning conditions are expected to exist through Saturday. Some personnel working on the Pack Creek Fire will be available for initial attack to respond to any new fire starts.
Storms materialized over the east side of the La Sals yesterday however, the fire area did not receive any measurable amount of rain. Crews took advantage of the cooler temperatures, cloud cover and favorable east winds and successfully executed a firing operation in Geyser Pass starting south of Mount Mellenthin and moving north, completing control line construction incorporating natural barriers such as large rock screes that are void of vegetation as much as possible. Fire engine crews assigned to the night shift will monitor and patrol the east side of the fire, in addition to Oowah Lake.
Today crews will continue working in the Geyser Pass area, continuing the firing operations as favorable conditions allow. Crews will also continue to secure the perimeter above Oowah Lake on the north and near Squaw Springs on the south.
Investigators are still seeking leads to help identify those responsible for the fire’s ignition. Anyone who has information related to the identification of the responsible party of the Pack Creek Fire can call the tip line at 775-355-5337.