Pack Creek Fire Update
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Contact Fire Information: (435) 287-4126
Start Date: June 9, 2021
Cause: Abandoned campfire
Size in Acres: 8,952
Percent Contained: 62%
Est. Cost to Date: $7.8 mil.
Total Personnel: 483
Firefighters on the Pack Creek Fire continue to make good progress on suppression efforts on the fire’s perimeter, containing 62% of the fire. Today crews will continue to secure lines where they can safely do so. Some areas of the fire are steep, rocky and inaccessible and will be monitored by both ground and air resources for an increase in activity. The fire remains moderately active in Geyser Pass and Haystack Mountain areas. Smoke was visible yesterday as weather conditions remain at critical levels and are expected to continue over the next two days with winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour today. A Red Flag Warning is in place today and a Fire Weather Watch is in place for Wednesday and Thursday.
Crews continue to find hot spots using unmanned aircraft, equipped with infrared cameras, primarily on the north and east sides of the fire. Pack Creek resources also continue to support the four lightning ignited fires located north of the Moab Valley. The Sego Fire, the largest of the fires, is approximately 150 acres.
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 on public lands. The forest closure can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mantilasal/alerts-notices.
It’s 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, Warner Lake, and Geyser Pass remain closed. Road closures for La Sal Pass Road and Dark Canyon Lake Road remain 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.
Trail closures associated with the Pack Creek Fire include: the Whole Enchilada, Burro Pass, Dry Fork of Mill Creek, Moonlight Meadows, Clark Lake, Warner to Miners, Mountain View, Schumanns Gulch, Trans La Sal, South Mountain, Pack Creek, and Hells Canyon.
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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