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Bennion Creek

Unit Information

Manti-Lasal National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
599 West Price River Drive
Price, UT 84501

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Incident Contacts

Colin Dunn
Email: Colin.Dunn@usda.gov
Phone: 202-320-7170
Hours: 7am-8pm

 On Sunday, the first of several forecasted days of Red Flag conditions tested fire control lines on the Bennion Creek fire, which is burning northwest of Scofield Reservoir.  The fire is located in rugged country between Skyline and Starvation roads, on the Manti-La Sal National Forest.  One evacuation order and several closures remain in effect for areas affected by the fire. Firefighters are working aggressively to contain the fire, protect structures, and mop up perimeter lines.Today, a large pocket of unconsumed fuels burned on the southeast side of the fire.  Firefighters protected Sugar House Camp structures in the area, and prevented fire from crossing east of Starvation road or south of Forest Road 0008.  Crews also enhanced protection measures for structures in the Bennion Creek camp. Planning and preparation for potential future protection of structures around Scofield Reservoir continued. For public safety, Aspen Cove has been evacuated. The evacuation order will be reevaluated daily depended of the fire’s activity.

No growth occurred in the portion of the fire east of Starvation Road. Crews mopped up residual heat from Saturday’s successful burnout along the west side of Starvation Road.  On the south side of the fire, crews continued to construct fireline along the 0008 road at the heads of Kelly Canyon and Bennion Creek drainages. Scouting of additional control features west of Starvation Creek is ongoing.  On the north side, crews worked to secure and improve handline and dozer line, and scout for opportunities for additional control lines.  Crews will remain on the fireline overnight to perform structure protection and fire suppression work. Two CL415 Canadair super scooper aircraft helped firefighters control the most active parts of the fire today.  Two heavy, two medium, and one light helicopter also supported suppression efforts today.  A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the fire. Smoke is visible in the surrounding communities and from Highway 6. Starvation road, Bennion Ridge road, Forest Road 0008(Bear Ridge Road), and Fish Creek Trail are closed for public & firefighter safety. With parts of Utah experiencing extreme dry conditions not seen since the 1930’s dust bowl era, please be cautious with ignition sources while outdoors, and remain clear of the fire area.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday June 04th, 2021 approx. 03:30 PM
LocationBennion Creek Drainage NW of Scofield lake
Incident CommanderMatt Way / Forest Serivce
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates39.869 latitude, -111.228 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel227
Size6,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained10%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday July 10th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Brush, Chaparral, Timber with grass understory

Significant Events

Active, Group Torching, Isolated Torching, Uphill Runs

Outlook

Planned Actions

Structure Triage and Protection, securing line around east side of starvation canyon. Scouting and securing line.

Projected Incident Activity

More growth expected to the the south and west.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Gusty winds, low relative humidity, Red Flag Coditions, High ERC and BI levels