Left Fork Fire Incident Update
Start Date: May 9, 2022 Start Time: 1300 hrs Incident Type: Wildland Fire Cause: Human Location: Dixie National Forest, 10 miles SW of Bryce Canyon City in the Kanab Creek drainage Size: 3,984 acres Containment: 5% Expected Containment: Unknown Injuries: 0 Structures Threatened: 50 Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 0
Engines: 14 Water Tenders: 2 Crews: 9 Helicopters: 6 SEATs: 4 LATs: 4 Cooperating Agencies: USDA Forest Service, DOI Bureau of Land Management, State of Utah Department of Natural Resources – Division of Fire, Forestry and State Lands, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Current Situation: The fire saw more activity on the west, northwest side of the fire yesterday, which is where most of the acreage growth occurred. As the winds shifted, the fire jumped the dozer line and handline that had been created as a fuel break on the southwest corner. Given the spot fires and how receptive current fuels are to fire, this triggered evacuations in the Bryce Woodlands Estates. The winds shifted later during the day more northward, making a push towards the Blubber Creek drainage. While this decreased the immediate threat to the community, these evacuations will remain in place for the time being, until Fire Managers and the Sheriff feel the threat to the community is gone. The rest of the fire perimeter saw minimal growth. Sections of the eastern flank are slowly creeping towards the 105 Road, and so far the fire has stopped progression at this natural barrier. A few spot fires occurred along the southern end of the fire, but crews have been able to hold those areas thus far. Today decreased temperatures and increased humidity are predicted, with a potential storm front moving in may help firefighters make progress on the perimeter of the fire. Air attack will continue to support crews on the ground as weather and conditions allow. Evacuations: Bryce Woodlands Estates (residents should sign up for the Emergency Notification System alerts: https://member.everbridge.net/892807736721500/login) Road Closures: Kanab Creek Road system, See forest closure: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1036646.pdf