Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Saddle Fire Facts-July 6, 2016

For Immediate Release                        
July 6, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Saddle Fire Information (435) 590-2736 or (435) 680-0354,
Saddle Fire Information: and
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), Pine Valley Recreation Area, Pine Valley Heritage Center, Pine Valley Post Office, Enterprise Sinclair Station and Enterprise Post Office.
Cause: Natural lightning strike, June 13, 2016, approximately 2 miles south of the town of Pine Valley, in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness of the Pine Valley Ranger District on the Dixie National Forest.
Incident Management: Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander with the National Incident Management Organization, transitioned command today to Shawn Peterson, Incident Commander with the local Color Country Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team.
Fire Size: 1,765 acres
Percent Contained: 42 percent.
Evacuations: Voluntary evacuation has been lifted for Pine Valley except for a portion of Lloyd Canyon subdivision.  The voluntary evacuation is still in place for all properties south on Lloyd Canyon Drive at the Mahogany Lane intersection and south on Oakridge Drive and Mahogany Lane. Persons in these areas are encouraged to be prepared to evacuate if fire conditions change.
Closures: All campgrounds, hiking trails and the entire area within the Pine Valley Recreation Area are closed to all recreational uses on the Dixie National Forest. The Grass Valley Road from Pinto to Pine Valley and Mahogany Bench Road is also closed. For information on the Dixie National Forest closures:
Structures Threatened: 54 structures in Lloyd Canyon. No structures have been destroyed.
Fuels/terrain: Heavy dead and downed timber and brush, surrounded by steep, rugged and rocky terrain.
Fire Resources Assigned: Total 273 personnel assigned, including 2 Type-I Interagency Hotshot Crews, 4 Type-II hand crews, 2 Type-I Helicopters, 3 Type-III Helicopters, 5 engines, 4 water tenders, and 1 air attack.
Air Operations:  A total of 317,811 gallons of retardant have been dropped on the Saddle Fire, and a total of 471,459 gallons of water have been dropped by helicopters, as of July 5th.

Injuries: 8 minor injuries are reported to date. No injuries have been reported since July 2, 2016. 

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