Oak Grove Fire Update – 9/1/2021

Summary:  The Oak Grove Fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy using containment and confinement tactics to minimize fire spread and to prevent loss of resources. The fire area received .41 inches of rain over the last 24 hours making roads and trails into the area hazardous to travel. Crews on the eastern edge of the fire completed a handline up to the cliffs edge, today they will continue to secure, and improve the handline.  Along the western edge fire activity was higher yesterday as crews worked indirect building a handline from the campground to the confluence of drainages, using helicopters and a burnout to reinforce the line. As visibility and weather conditions allow, helicopters will be used to help firefighters with suppression efforts.

Start Date: Aug 29, 2021

Location: Pine Valley Ranger District

Jurisdiction: Dixie National Forest

Fire Size: Estimated at 696 acres

Containment: 10%

Cause: Human caused, unattended campfire

Closures:  An area closure effecting the Oak Grove Campground and trails in the burn area has been implemented by the Dixie National Forest, for more information at – https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd949492.pdf  

Conditions: Fire managers are asking for the public’s assistance by avoiding driving on the Forest Service 032 road to allow fire engines and resources access to manage the fire.

Fuels: Mahogany, chaparral, and oak brush

Fire Crews/Resources:  3 Hand Crews, 8 engines, 1 Water Tender and 12 Smoke Jumpers, Aviation assets are available if needed.

No Drone Zone:  a drone over a fire puts everyone at risk and hinders firefighting suppression efforts. If you fly, we must ground all aircraft, due to the dangers unauthorized drones pose to firefighting aircraft.

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