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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday June 26th, 2020 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||5 miles north of Oak City, Utah|
|Incident Commander||Ron Bollier|
|Coordinates||39.425 latitude, -112.347 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||98%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday July 11th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
Short grass (1 foot), brush (2 feet), timber (litter and understory), including rye grass, cheat grass and pinyon pine/juniper.
Minimal fire behavior with smoldering in heavy fuels and unburned islands.
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.
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.
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.