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Riggs Fire & Lonely Fire

Unit Information

Dixie National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Cedar City, UT 84721

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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

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 25th, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM
Location11 miles southwest of Cannonville, UT
Incident CommanderBrian Johnson
Coordinates37.466 latitude, -112.213 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size2,258 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Brush (2'), timber (litter, grass & understory), light logging slash, chaparral (6')

Significant Events

Fire Behavior: minimal, smoldering


Planned Actions

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

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