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West Valley Fire

Unit Information

Dixie National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1789 N Wedgewood Ln.
Cedar City, UT 84721

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Incident Contact

Sierra Hellstrom
Email: srhellstrom@fs.fed.us
Phone: 385-429-3220
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily

Highlighted Activity

07/10/2018 Updated Area Closure for West Valley Fire-July 10
Due to the protection of public safety in the affected burned areas and required clean up efforts post-fire, the Dixie National Forest has enacted a temporary Special Order for the area within the...
Closure - 07/10/2018

Thanks to hard work by firefighters, the West Valley Fire is now 55% contained. Due to cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity, fire growth slowed considerably. The firefighters assigned to the West Valley fire are working on mop-up near hot spots and increasing the size of the fire’s containment line. There has been no growth in the last few days, and crews continue to monitor the uncontained perimeter. We will likely not see an increase in containment for a few days, but we will also not likely see any growth.

Due to this continued success, the West Valley Fire was turned back to the local unit on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. A Type 4 Incident Commander assumed command of the fire A new incident command post is located in New Harmony. The change to New Harmony ensures firefighters will be put in closer proximity to monitor the fire. Smoke should still be visible from the interior of the fire for some time to come. If you see smoke in the West Valley fire area, firefighters are monitoring the fire and there’s no need to call 9-1-1.

Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in place. You can find additional details at: www.utahfireinfo.gov


Emergency
area, road and trail closures remain in effect. For details about these closures, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5873/43533/

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseAbandoned Campfire
Date of OriginWednesday June 27th, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM
LocationApproximately 10 miles North of St. George, UT
Incident CommanderCurtis Littlefield & UT-DIF
Coordinates37.397 latitude, -113.423 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel290
Size11,771 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained55%
Estimated Containment DateFriday July 27th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral (6 feet) and Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Minimal, Backing and Creeping: Where it is still burning, the majority of the fire is in pinyon-juniper, mahogany and decadent mixed conifer. Light southerly winds are resulting in creeping and smoldering. Containment lines on the southern flank are currently holding with a favorable wind direction. Suppression actions on the northern and western flank of the fire have been successful. The northeastern and eastern flanks within the Mill Flat fire scar are active in some areas with primarily backing and rollout. Suppression actions have halted the northeasterly progression. The eastern flank has shown little movement and has burned to the edge of several fire scars and natural barriers.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to secure fire perimeter through mop-up. Due to steep and inaccessible terrain, the eastern perimeter will be monitored by air. Management action points have been created and will trigger appropriate response. The fire transitioned to a Type 4 IMT on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:00 a.m.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Low fire behavior with potential for active to extreme fire behavior should the fire area be affected by outflow from thunderstorms in the area without accompanying rain.

24 Hours: Low fire behavior with temperature and relative humidity similar to Sunday, substantial cloud cover and Haines of four. Potential for active to extreme fire behavior should thunderstorms without rain affect the fire area. These scattered storms are likely to produce lightning (Lightning Activity Level of 4), some may produce wetting rain (0.1"), but others will result in little or no moisture to the ground.

48 Hours: Low fire activity anticipated, with low temperatures (low 80's) and higher minimum relative humidity (28%) compared to Monday. The Haines Index drops to 3 today. Continued chance of thunderstorms (LAL 4) many of which may produce wetting rain.

72 Hours: Low fire activity anticipated, with lower temperatures and higher RH compared to Tuesday. A Haines of 3 continues. Chance of thunderstorms (LAL 4), many of which may produce wetting rain.

72 Hours Plus: Haines continues to 3, maximum temperatures around 80 degrees, minimum RH continues to rise slowly, with a continued chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Fire behavior will be dependent on thunderstorm coverage and precipitation.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Monsoon moisture and daytime heating will combine to generate afternoon showers and thunderstorms across the Pine Valley area through this week. Gusty outflow winds, cloud-to-ground lightning and small hail are possible with the stronger storms. Overall, ridgetop and transport winds will be light with terrain-driven winds less than 10 mph each day this week. Temperatures generally will be in the upper 70's to lower 80's while a slow day-to-day increase in relative humidity is expected.