Pack Creek Fire Update
Monday, June 21, 2021
Contact Fire Information: (435) 287-4126
Start Date: June 9, 2021
Cause: Abandoned campfire
Size in Acres: 8,949
Percent Contained: 58%
Est. Cost to Date: $7.4 mil.
Total Personnel: 549
The Pack Creek Fire is now 58 percent contained. Fire activity is decreasing overall but the northeast side of the fire continues to remain active in inaccessible areas and full containment is expected to remain a challenging task for firefighters. Smoke from interior islands of unburned vegetation located within the fire’s perimeter will likely be visible throughout the next several weeks. The fire will continue to produce varying amounts of smoke in response to changing weather conditions. If a window of favorable conditions occurs, hand crews will continue firing operations in the Geyser Pass area to reduce significant amounts of overgrown vegetation while adding more depth to the fire perimeter.
Yesterday there were four new lightning ignited fires from Saturday in the vicinity of the Moab Valley. Pack Creek Fire ground and aviation resources responded to the fires, the largest being the Sego Fire, located on the southern end of the Bookcliffs, north of the township of Thompson Springs, in Sego Canyon. Pack Creek Fire resources will continue to provide assistance to the new fires in an attempt to prevent another large incident.
The La Sal Loop Road is now open; however The Manti-La Sal National Forest Closure remains in place and the area remains closed for any type of recreation. The forest closure can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mantilasal/alerts-notices. It is recommended to avoid driving on the La Sal Loop Road unless necessary to access private property due to the continued presence of heavy fire traffic. The roads to Oowah Lake and Geyser Pass are still closed. The road closures for La Sal Pass Road and Dark Canyon Lake Road are ongoing due to fire activity on the northeast side of the fire. Evacuations remain in place in and around the area east of Geyser Pass, from Blue Lake to the east towards the Dark Canyon area.
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.
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