Oak Grove Fire Update – 9/2/2021

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. On the western edge of the fire, crews will continue today mopping-up pockets of heat while continuing to strengthen the handline to the base of the cliff. The handline on the eastern edge of the fire perimeter will be patrolled to locate and extinguish any heat near the fire’s edge.  Crews will also focus on fire suppression repair and build waterbars on the handline in steeper terrain to prevent soil erosion. Some fire resources will be released and reassigned to other large fires.

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, 5 engines, and 1 Water Tender; 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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