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Left Fork Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Public Information Line
Email: 2022.leftfork@firenet.gov
Phone: 435-261-7809
Hours: Sun-Sat 8am-8pm

Highlighted Activity

06/24/2022 Kane County Sheriff lifts Bryce Woodland Estates evacuation Saturday
At the recommendation of Fire Managers of the Left Fork Fire, the Kane County Sheriff will lift evacuations of the Bryce Woodlands Estates at 8am on June 25, 2022. The closure will remain in place...
News - 06/24/2022

 The Left Fork Fire ignited on May 9, 2022 on the Dixie National Forest approximately 10 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon City in the Kanab Creek Drainage. It was suppressed at that time. Crews and engines have continuously patrolled and worked the area since that time, receiving continuous moisture and snow over the last two months, with no visible heat or smokes. But due to extreme weather this last weekend, the dormant heat sources are believed to have reignited.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginMonday May 09th, 2022 approx. 02:15 PM
Location10 Miles SW of Bryce Canyon City in Kanab Creek Drainage
Incident CommanderColor Country Type 3 Incident Management Team
Coordinates37.483 latitude, -112.358 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel589
Size4,241 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Estimated Containment DateMonday August 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) and brush. Fire weakened hazard trees and logging slash.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Heavy fuels smoldering following precipitation received in the early AM hours. Amounts received between .07 and .25 inches of rain according to nearby RAWS.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Resources will be utilized to complete and hold direct fireline. A Structure Assessment team will evaluate structures in the Bryce Woodland Estates developed area.

Projected Incident Activity

No fire movement or growth is expected over the next 12 hours.

Creeping, smoldering, and backing is expected over the next 24-48 hours.

Remarks

The fire acreage changed due to better mapping.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Monsoonal moisture brought a round of showers and thunderstorms across the Left Fork Fire area early Friday morning. A RAWS site just north of the fire reported .025 inches of precipitation with this activity, and numerous lightning strikes were observed in the vicinity of the fire during the pre-dawn hours. As these storms moved away from the area, drier air allowed for partly cloudy skies by afternoon. Temperatures warmed into the low to mid 70s, while afternoon humidity values fell into the mid 20% range.

Moisture will return northward into the area during the day Saturday, allowing for widely scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and early evening hours. Temperatures will trend a bit warmer, reaching the mid to upper 70s, while daytime humidity values again fall into the low to mid 20% range. Daytime winds Saturday will generally be terrain drive, with gusty erratic winds possible near any thunderstorms which pass near the fire. Moisture will continue to increase Sunday, resulting in an increase in shower and thunderstorm activity around the fire area.