Dixie National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Cedar City, UT 84721
10/05/18 UPDATE: Due to the scattered, soaking rain showers the area has received throughout the week, the Riggs and Lonely fires have experienced no growth since Monday. The possibility of additional rain and snow showers and high relative humidities in the short-term forecast will continue to thwart any fire growth and smoke production. Fire behavior was observed as minimal with some smoldering and creeping. There have been no injuries to firefighters or public reported at this time which achieves our first and highest goal in wildfire management.
Smoke was very light over the last two days and will likely remain that way going forward. Communities in the area will not experience any visible smoke, but may smell smoke periodically. All visitor facilities, services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fire and remain open.
The Riggs fire and the Lonely Fire are on lands administered by the Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Kanab Field Office BLM. The Lonely Fire is about 1.5 miles north of the Riggs fire. The Lonely fire was also started by lightning, and is managed under the same incident command as the Riggs fire.
Decisions to manage or suppress fires are dependent on numerous factors including risk to firefighting resources, public safety, weather, fire behavior, availability of additional support, risk to valuable resources and private property.
The area that the Riggs Fire and Lonely Fire were burning has not been impacted by fire for many years resulting in an unnatural buildup of forest fuels. These fires will help to reduce these fuels and return the area to a more natural condition and in turn decrease the risks from unwanted fires. The option to allow some naturally ignited wildland fires to provide benefits to the resource instead of suppressing them will give Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park fire management personnel another tool to use in their goals to restore and manage future fires.
Highway 63 and roads leading into Bryce Canyon National park are open. An area closure around the fire area is in effect. Trail closures are listed below.
All visitor facilities, services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fire and remain open.
Dixie National Forest:
• Grandview Trail (066) from the Willis Creek junction to Lower Podunk.
Bryce Canyon National Park:
• Riggs Spring Loop Trail, including the connector trail from Riggs Springs to the Grandview Trail.
• Under-the-Rim Trail (Closed from Agua Canyon to Rainbow Point)
• Yovimpa Point Overlook
• Bristlecone Loop Trail
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday August 25th, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM|
|Location||11 miles southwest of Cannonville, UT|
|Incident Commander||Brian Johnson|
|Coordinates||37.466 latitude, -112.213 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Brush (2'), timber (litter, grass & understory), light logging slash, chaparral (6')
Fire Behavior: minimal, smoldering
Continue to monitor
|Projected Incident Activity|
No expected growth/movement
Riggs Fire 10/06/2018 as of 8:30 pm:
NPS: 702 acres
USFS: 558 acres
BLM: 126 acres
Total Acres: 1,386 - 100% contained
Lonely Fire 10/06/2018 as of 8:30 pm
NPS: 446 acres
USFS: 419 acres
BLM: 7 acres
Total Acres 872 - 100% contained