ST. GEORGE — Wildfires in parts Southern Utah continue to burn as the red flag fire weather warning issued earlier this week is extended through Thursday evening.
The warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or imminent, and a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
This information helps warn firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fires ignition and rapid spread.
West Valley Fire
The West Valley Fire is currently at 10,836 acres and 8 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. Located 10 miles north of St. George, the fire was human caused and over 600 personnel from multiple agencies are fighting it. No evacuations have been ordered.
There will be a community meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Pine Valley Fire Station.
“We would like to thank everyone that came to the meeting in New Harmony,” fire managers said in an update on the fire. “We estimated there were over 100 people. Excellent were questions and we were given useful ideas. Knowledge of the local area is always appreciated by our fire crews and those assisting on the fire.”
Structure protection groups are in place around the fire. They are prepping and assessing potential areas at risk. Fire managers urge homeowners to clear the vegetation away from their homes.
Clear any firewood placed next to your home, as a single ember can land and start a fire. There are many programs, such as FIREWISE, that can provide information to help you prepare.
Emergency area, road and trail closures remain in effect.
Smoke may be highly visible Wednesday.
Black Mountain Fire
The fire has burned nearly 6,000 acres in Iron and Beaver counties and is 98 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to an update issued by Nick Howell, Black Mountain Fire information officer.
It will be the final update unless “significant changes occur.”
Located three miles south of Minersville, the fire was caused by a vehicle accident.
While the fire remains in the vicinity the town and one seasonal cabin and a communications tower remain threatened until full containment is achieved. No evacuations have been ordered.
There are no road closures in effect, but all roads leading into the fire will require a fire personnel escort to ensure firefighter and public safety.
Willow Patch Fire
The Willow Patch Fire is currently 4,788 acres and is 60 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, according to Utah Department of Natural Resources fire information officer Beth McClanahan.
Located in Sevier County, the fire is nine miles east of Richfield and was human-caused. Over 240 personnel from multiple agencies are involved in fighting the fire.
There are no road closures in effect, but all roads leading into the fire will require a fire personnel escort to ensure firefighter and public safety. Motorists traveling on state Route 24 are encouraged to keep driving and not to stop to look at fire activity or equipment.
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