Shingle Fire at 8,284 acres, Feds authorize grant to help cover cost

Smoke from the Shingle Fire as seen from the front of the Elk Ridge subdivision. The subdivision was one of five evacuated due to the fire. June 2, 2012. | Photo by Kelli Beckstead.

NOTICE:  Please see our July 5 story, with notices to community members, and schedules for lifting of the Highway 14 road closure and for rescissions of mandatory evacuations.

Updated 11:25 p.m. Size of the fire currently mapped has increased. Story amended.

KANE COUNTY – The Shingle Fire is now at 8,284 acres  and remains at zero percent containment.

The fire has been mapped:  Perimeter Map as of July 3 and Closure Map as of July 3.

The fire began six miles south of Duck Creek Village Sunday, and has since led to mandatory evacuations of the Swains Creek, Stout Canyon, Ponderosa Village, Harris Flat and Elk Ridge subdivisions. Additional evacuations have included the Uinta Flat and Turkey Track areas north of state Highway 14.

Officials with Kane County Emergency Services said the evacuations are expected to stay in effect through Wednesday.

Garkane Energy has reported that electrical power is currently off transmission and power outages are affecting communities along Hwy 14 corridor from Duck Creek Village to Long Valley at the junction of Hwy 89.

Fire behavior is active running, spotting and torching. Rapid progression of fire toward communities, major power lines, Hwy 14 and Hwy 89.

Currently, the South end of the fire perimeter has good anchors and the west flank fire line is holding strong. The fire has not crossed Hwy 14 or Hwy 89. Fire crews are diligently working day and night to protect life and property, keeping the public and firefighters safe is always the first priority.

Road closures include state Highway 14 from state Highway 89 to Mammoth Creek road junction. Several Forest Service roads also remain closed.

No structures have been lost thus far, though the fire currently threatens 550 residences, 300 outbuildings and one commercial property. Power to Cedar Mountain may be restored Tuesday night.

The fire is human-caused, having been triggered by faulty ATV spark arrestor.

Multiple agencies are on site fighting the fire. In a move to help cover the costs of operation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized a Fire Management Assistant Grant per a request from state officials. The Shingle Fire FMAG is the fifth such grant to be authorized by FEMA for a Utah wildfire this year. The grant will cover up to 75 percent of firefighting expenditures.

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15 Comments

  • Scott July 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    It’s a faulty “ATV spark arrestor” (not park)

    • Joyce Kuzmanic July 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks Scott – I’ll check that.

  • Thank you for a more current update then I’ve found else where. Being a full time resident and a bed and breakfast owner at our residence makes this fire especially horrifying for my wife and I. I whole lively hood is at stake.

    Thanks,

    Will

    • Joyce Kuzmanic July 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      You’re sure welcome, Mr. Perkins. We’ve just updated the story further (11:30 p.m.) – this same link – with perimeter maps and closure maps linked at the top of the story. I’m hoping by reply you’ll receive a notification.
      God bless you and keep you safe – please don’t let us hear that you resisted leaving when it’s wise to do so.
      Kindly,
      Joyce Kuzmanic, for all of St. George News staff

  • Noelle July 4, 2012 at 2:13 am

    You are one of those few who have correct and up to date information. We did get our power restored. but were told that it maybe intermittent until the fire is contained. If you live in the mountains you try to prepare for all disasters. But to witness this fire go viral in matter of hours is a site to behold. Today the tankers and helicopters ‘s going to Navajo to get water filled the meadows of Duck Creek. The village was actually busy for having the power out. Drove by base camp at Cedar Mountain Fire Department it was incredible site. Its the winds in the afternoon that have fed this fire. I was going to leave the mountain and stay with friends but have decided to endure the power outages, cell phones spotty to witness this once in a lifetime event. This fire went from 500 to 5,000 acres in matter of hours.

  • San July 4, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I’m also grateful for the updates…the SLC news outlets don’t count this fire (or those involved) as important as the Quail Fire…..one more reason to hope that KCSG and this website are able to gain more funding this year. I’m so disgusted we’re going to boycott other ‘local news’; it has nothing to do with us anyway.

  • JerryL July 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Just learned from Kane Cty Emergency Services that Hwy 89 at Long Valley Junction will be closed at 10:00 a.m. this morning.

    One ‘old’ cabin was destroyed (south of Rt 14) and one firefighter suffered leg injury.

    Fire Dept says they’ll have an update after 10:00 a.m.

    Good map (although 24 hrs old) at:
    http://www.utahfireinfo.gov/fire_information/dixie/ShingleFire7_3ClosureMap.pdf

  • Paige Wolf July 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    As an out of state resident who has responsibility for a cabin in Zion View Estates and watched with deep concern as the fire spread Sunday afternoon till we left for home on Tuesday, I want to thank you for the timely information and updates.

  • Thad July 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Does anyone know if they have repaired or are going to to repair the Navajo breach?

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