For Immediate Release
July 7, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Saddle Fire Information (435) 590-2736 or (435) 680-0354 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dixie National Forest - Saddle Fire Update
PINE VALLEY, Utah – The Saddle fire is 1,939 acres and 42 percent contained.
Voluntary evacuations are still in place in Pine Valley south on Lloyd Canyon Drive at the Mahogany Lane intersection and south on Oakridge Drive and Mahogany Lane.
Fuels on the fire have dried out and firing operations are in progress. Residents in the area and surrounding communities can expect continued smoke and fire activity. Firing operations will be in the Forsyth Canyon area. Crews will use control lines and natural barriers on the main ridge south of Pine Valley and will utilize a 2005 fire scar to the south to box in the fire.
Crews are also using direct and indirect line construction around the perimeter of the fire. These operations are removing fuels to prevent the fire from spreading east toward the Pine Valley Recreation Area and south towards the Dammeron Valley area. Fire line personnel are improving control lines in some areas of the fire including the north and west perimeters.
There are now 251 personnel, fire engines, heavy equipment and aircraft to help suppress the fire.
The lighting caused Saddle Fire began June 13 on Saddle Mountain. The fire started approximately two miles south of Pine Valley, Utah.
The Pine Valley Recreation Area in the Dixie National Forest remains closed to public until the order safety concerns are mitigated. Those wanting more information about the area closure should contact the Dixie National Forest or view the following link: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4794/31098/
For further information please follow the Dixie National Forest on Facebook, Twitter, and InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4794/. Residents may also sign up for Everbridge to receive notifications from the Washington County Emergency Alert System by http://911register.com/. Those experiencing problems with online registration may call (435) 634-5734 for assistance.