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Little Bear

Unit Information

Dixie National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1789 N Wedgewood Ln
Cedar City, UT 84721

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Little Bear steadily grows within planning area

Little Bear Wildfire
News – 8/19/2019

DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST The lightning-caused Little Bear Fire was first discovered on July 26, located about 7 miles southeast of Hatch. The Little Bear has grown to approximately 850 acres and has 32 fire personnel assigned. It is gradually spreading north and east within the identified boundaries of the planning area. As it burns naturally through the area, it can be beneficial to the fire-adapted ecosystem by removing fuels that could feed future forest fires.

The Little Bear Fire remains moderately active due to available fuels and persistent hot and dry weather over the past several days. Firefighters will continue to monitor fire spread and strengthen control lines to contain the fire to the desired area. Mastication work is ongoing along the eastern and northern portions of the perimeter of the planning area.

No precipitation has materialized over the Little Bear Fire for the past week with weather predictions for Monday to be hot and dry with the long-term forecast calling for similar weather conditions throughout the week.

Fire managers are utilizing the naturally ignited fire within a pre-defined area to achieve positive restorative benefits to the land. Low intensity wildfire can be advantageous by providing an efficient and safe way to remove the dead and decaying plant material under desired conditions that could act as fuel for future forest fires. Future fires occurring under hotter and drier conditions, as typically occur during this time of year, with current fuel levels could create uncharacteristic and undesirable fire effects.

Fire personnel are managing the fire for multiple resource objectives including:

  • Reduce the potential for unwanted stand replacement fires by reducing densities of shade tolerant conifer (blue spruce, white fir) seedlings and saplings and raise tree canopy heights by scorching lower branches to reduce ladder fuels.

  • Reduce treatment generated and natural ground fuels and brush while maintaining post thinning structure within thinned areas.

  • Promote Aspen regeneration and health of Ponderosa pine stands by reducing shade tolerant conifers in the understory and creating open spaces.

The Little Bear Fire poses no danger to structures or other local infrastructure. As with all fires on the Dixie National Forest, public and fire fighter safety is the highest priority.


  • Discovery Date: July 26, 2019.

  • Cause: Lightning.

  • Location: Approximately 7 miles southeast of Hatch along Badger Creek on the Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest

  • Current Resources: One crew, three engines, and two miscellaneous fire management personnel

  • Total personnel: 32

  • Current Size: About 850 acres within the planning area

  • Predicted Smoke Impacts: Smoke is expected to be visible from both the north and east of Tropic Reservoir with some reaching Bryce Canyon National Park and the town, of Tropic and Bryce Canyon City

  • Current Closures: Dixie National Forest managers have NOT implemented any temporary Closure Orders at this time

Recent and Current Operations: Wildland fire crews plan to continue improving roads and other designated perimeters within which the fire can move