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Canal

Unit Information

Fishlake National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
115 East 900 North
Richfield, UT 84701

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Incident Contacts

Canal Information
Email: 2020.Canal@firenet.gov
Phone: 435-635-8738
Hours: M-Sun 0800-2100

Highlighted Activity

07/06/2020 Canal Fire Update 7-6-2020
July 6, 2020 at 8 a.m.Inciweb Address: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6817/ Email: 2020.canal@firenet.gov Start Date: June 26, 2020 Phone: 435-635-8738 Cause: Lightning Acres: 78,065 Percent...
News - 07/06/2020
Photo shows smoke rising from a mountain in Division Foxtrot on the east side of the Canal Fire and smoke from a firing operation conducted by firefighters to stop the spread of the main fire.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The lightning-caused Canal Fire was reported around 4 p.m. on Friday June 26, 2020. The fire is located 5 miles north of Oak City, Utah, in Millard County. The fire perimeter includes state, BLM and Forest Service administered lands. Great Basin Incident Management Team 3 took command of the fire on July 1, 2020.

Team 3 is aware of the history of Oak Creek Canyon and is sensitive to the community's concerns. Firefighters are continuing their efforts to halt the fire's progress toward Oak Creek Canyon. They will exhaust all options for containment in this area before any firing operations take place in the canyon.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been implemented over the fire area, which means recreational drones and private aircraft cannot fly over the fire. The TFR can be found at : https://bit.ly/Canal_Fire_TFR. Please remember, if you fly, we can't.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday June 26th, 2020 approx. 04:00 PM
Location5 miles north of Oak City, Utah
Incident CommanderRon Bollier
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates39.425 latitude, -112.347 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel168
Size78,065 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday July 11th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short grass (1 foot), brush (2 feet), timber (litter and understory), including rye grass, cheat grass and pinyon pine/juniper.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering in heavy fuels and unburned islands.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Remaining resources on the fire will support the incoming Type 4 organization and BAER Organization. Resources will monitor completed line and will continue suppression repair. Firefighters will maintain IA readiness.

Projected Incident Activity

In the next 12 hours minimal fire behavior with some smoldering in heavier fuels holding heat/fire and in remaining unburned islands.

In the next 24 hours minimal fire behavior with some smoldering in heavier fuels holding heat/fire and in remaining unburned islands.

Remarks

On the Canal Fire 25,500 acres have burned on the Fishlake National Forest; 28,405 acres on Utah private lands; 20,855 acres on the Richfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management; and 3305 acres on Central Area of Utah State Department of Natural Resources.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A ridge building over the region will provide dry conditions (min RH values in the single digits) with a warming trend to well above normal Saturday and Sunday. Winds are expected to be mainly terrain driven through Sunday with a southwesterly influence in the afternoon. High clouds will spread into the region from Saturday through Monday, but thunderstorms or rain not expected as the air aloft remains quite stable. Temperatures will gradually trend downward Monday through Wednesday but still remain above normal. There is a chance by midweek that winds approach Red Flag Warning levels.

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