For Immediate Release: Friday, September 23, 2016
Wildfire Update – Fly Canyon Fire
Updates will only be released as future significant events occur on the fire. This will be the Last Update.
Fire Summary: The Fly Canyon Fire sustained over 1¼ inches of precipitation in the past 2 days; this has extinguished most of the fire. It is estimated to be 2,866 acres. A helicopter will be reseeding affected areas, including Potters Pond Campground and steep hillsides within the watershed. A falling team will also be removing hazard trees in the area.
Although it has been only marginally noticeable, the potential for fire activity still exists.
Due to the recent cooler weather and precipitation over this lightning-caused fire, fire behavior and activity has decreased considerably; however, this does not mean the fire is out. It is expected that extended rain and snowfall will completely extinguish this fire. Until that time, crews will continue to monitor the fire.
Discussion: Forest officials have managed this fire to achieve multiple objectives. Public and firefighter safety is a primary consideration in determining how fire is managed. The steep and rocky location of the Fly Canyon Fire, along with its rolling material, prompted forest officials to accordingly adjust their management of the fire to effectively mitigate these hazardous working conditions.
Fire is a natural part of the landscape and the lightning-caused Fly Canyon Fire is also being used to improve forest health and enhance diversity in the vegetative structure and composition. This often improves wildlife habitat.
Conditions in a burned forest change constantly. Visitors into any burned area should be aware that there is still the potential for a strong wind to cause burned trees to fall. Additionally, stump holes may still be burning in the area. Rocks and fallen logs could also roll down the recently burned hillsides and onto trails.
Careful trip planning is important to have a safe day in the woods. Please consider weather and road conditions when planning your route. Always let someone know where you are expecting to travel and when you are expected to return. Remember there are areas that do not have cell phone coverage.
As a safety precaution, the Manti-La Sal National Forest has implemented an Area, Road, and Trail Closure.
This remains in effect until October 7th unless rescinded.
Jurisdiction: Ferron-Price Ranger District, Manti-La Sal National Forest
Structures: No structures are threatened.
Percent Contained: 90%
Fire Crews/Resources: 1 Type-4 Team, 1 Falling Team, 1 Engine, and 1 Helicopter. Total personnel 12.
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday September 08th, 2016 approx. 08:00 AM|
|Location||Approximately 5 miles north of Joes Valley|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||90%|
Mixed Conifer and Aspen