For Immediate Release
July 15, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Saddle Fire Information (435) 592-2323
Dixie National Forest - Saddle Fire Update
PINE VALLEY, Utah – The Saddle fire is 2,298 acres and 72 percent contained.
The Saddle Fire continues to show moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, backing, and creeping. The transition from a Type 3 team to the local unit will occur Saturday, July 16.
A warm, dry air mass remains over the fire with no moisture in the forecast for this upcoming week. Fire activity within fire control lines remains south of Lloyd's Canyon. Smoke will be visible for several days.
Crews continue to mop up and extinguish hot spots along accessible areas of the fire perimeter. Aircraft continues to keep the fire in inaccessible areas checked using fire retardant. Fire fighters will continue to assess the need for structure protection in the community of Pine Valley.
Personnel will remain in the area as they continue to monitor and strengthen control lines. Residents and visitors coming to the area are asked to monitor fire activity and use caution around working fire equipment.
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area. Non-agency aircraft is restricted from the fire area to provide for fire fighter and public safety. This includes Unmanned Aircraft Systems or drones.
Under Utah Code 65A-3-2.5, it is illegal to fly drones in the state of Utah over a wildfire. Under U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 43 CFR 9212.1(f), it is a federal violation to interfere with firefighting efforts. We encourage the public to learn about Unmanned Aircraft System regulations and safe use of drones by visiting www.knowbeforeyoufly.org. If you fly, we can’t.
There are 198 personnel assigned. Resources include hand crews, fire engines, heavy equipment and aircraft.
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