Monday, June 27, 2016

Saddle Fire Facts- June 27, 2016 8:00 am

For Immediate Release                        
Monday, June 27, 2016, updated 8 a.m.
Contact: Saddle Fire Information (435) 590-2736 or (435) 680-0354,
Saddle Fire Facts
Fire Information: Posted at the following locations: Central Fire Station, Veyo Market, Veyo Sinclair Station, Veyo Pies, Family Dollar (Veyo), Family Dollar (Enterprise), Marv’s (Enterprise), Verla’s Country Café (Enterprise), Carter’s Market (Enterprise), Pine Valley Recreation Area, Pine Valley Heritage Center, Pine Valley Post Office, Enterprise Sinclair Station, Enterprise Post Office, and the Enterprise Ace True Value Hardware Store.
Public Meetings: The Saddle Fire Incident Management Team will provide a fire operations update at 7 p.m., June 27, at the Central Fire Station, 155 E. Center Street, Central, Utah.
Cause: Started by a lightning strike, June 13, 2016.
Location: Approximately 2.5 miles southwest from the town of Pine Valley in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness of the Dixie National Forest, Pine Valley Ranger District.
Incident Management: Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander with the National Incident Management Organization along with the Color Country Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team.
Fire Size: 1,329 acres
Evacuations: Washington County Sheriff’s Office has issued a voluntary evacuation order for the town of Pine Valley. Property owners are encouraged to be prepared to evacuate if fire conditions change.
Estimated Costs to Date: $4.5 million
Closures: Pine Valley Recreation Area, Dixie National Forest; Baker Reservoir (closed to the public); Grass Valley Road from Pinto to Pine Valley; Mahogany Bench Road; entry to the town of Pine Valley is restricted to property owners. For information on the Dixie National Forrest closures:
Structures Threatened: 500 residents and 500 other structures. No structures have been destroyed.
Percent Contained: five percent.
Fuels/terrain: Heavy dead and downed timber, brush, surrounded by steep, rugged and rocky terrain.
Fire Resources Assigned: seven Type I Interagency Hotshot Crews; four Type II handcrews; eight Type II initial attack crews; two Type I Helicopter; three Type III Helicopters; 32 engines; one dozer; three water tender, and one air attack; 675 total personnel assigned.

Injuries: two injuries to date, both minor heat related illnesses.

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