CEDAR CITY, UT., July 10, 2018 - Fire growth from the West Valley Fire has slowed significantly and is continuing to smolder and creep with no increase of fire perimeter; fire remains at 55% contained. Firefighters continue to mop up hot spots and increasing the fire containment line. A Type 4 Incident Commander has assumed command of the West Valley Fire at 6:00 a.m. this morning.Due to the protection of public safety in the affected burned areas and required clean up efforts post-fire, the Dixie National Forest has enacted a temporary Special Order for the area within the West Valley Fire perimeter and trails on the Pine Valley Ranger District.
Trails temporarily closed include the following : Summit Trail at the junction of the Whipple Trail on the south end and at the junction with the White Rocks Trail, Water Canyon at the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness boundary, Mill Canyon at the junction with the White Rocks Trail, Anderson Valley, and Syler Springs at the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness boundary. This temporary Special Order will remain in effect until December 31, or until fire managers have cleared the area for public transit. A map of the area is attached below. The new incident command post will be located in New Harmony. Smoke should still be visible from the interior of the fire for some time to come. If you see smoke in the West Valley fire area, firefighters are continuously monitoring the fire and there’s no need to call 9-1-1. Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in place. You can find additional details at: www.utahfireinfo.gov. Emergency area, road and trail closures remain in effect. For details about these closures, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5873/43533/
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