Crews quash Spanish Valley brush fire

Photo by Doug McMurdo

Fire and law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies responded to a brush fire in the 4500 block of Spanish Valley Drive on Tuesday afternoon, June 11.

The wet winter and spring produced a bumper crop of potential wildfire fuels as thick stands of cheatgrass, foxtails and other vegetation blanket the region, leading to concerns that the upcoming fire season could be a bad one.

While fire restrictions went into effect at about this time last year in southeastern Utah, there are currently no restrictions in place throughout the state. The Moab Interagency Fire Center classified fire danger “low” in the higher elevations and “moderate” in lower elevations.

Emergency responders and private citizens extinguished the Spanish Drive fire Tuesday, which was mostly contained to the easement but did encroach into a residential yard.