Tag: Wildland Fire

All objectives have been met on the Oak Grove Fire and the Central Utah Type 3 team has turned the fire back to the Dixie National Forest. With no fire spread for several days and minimal internal fire activity, crews and engines are being released from the fire. As some smoke will remain visible inside the fire’s perimeter, the Dixie National Forest will continue to patrol the fire and adapt operations as necessary until a fire season-ending weather event occurs.

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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. Across the fire, crews will monitor the fire’s perimeter to locate and extinguish any heat near the fire’s edge. On the western edge of the fire crews will complete a handline and continue to mop-up, while beginning fire suppression repair. Fire fighters on the eastern edge of the fire perimeter will focus on fire suppression repair and build waterbars on the handline in steeper terrain to prevent soil erosion.

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The Oak Grove fire was reported at 2:48 p.m., Aug. 29 to Color Country Interagency Fire Center. 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. Crews continue to build, secure, and improve hand lines on the east and west sides of the fire. As visibility allows, helicopters will be used to help firefighters with suppression efforts. Smoke may settle into the valleys along the I-15 corridor at times.

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Due to steep, rocky terrain, lack of access by ground, and predicted weather, aircraft are being used to moderate fire behavior. Fire management staff will continue suppression actions via aviation assets to slow fire spread and reduce intensity when necessary. The fire will continue to be monitored by ground and air resources to gauge spread towards any areas of concern.

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Fire will continue to be monitored by ground and air resources to gauge spread towards any areas of concern. Due to steep, rocky terrain, lack of access by ground, and predicted weather, any suppression actions taken will be via aviation assets to slow fire spread and reduce intensity if necessary. If the fire continues to move to areas where access for firefighters is safer, additional ground resources may be ordered to take more direct suppression actions utilizing trails and other natural features.

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The Spirit Creek fire was reported at 4:21 p.m. Nov.2, 2020 approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Oak Grove Campground. It is burning between Pig and Spirit Creeks in oak brush, mixed conifer, and pinyon juniper. Fire crews on scene are monitoring fire activity while aviation resources have been ordered due to the difficult access for ground personnel.

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