Local Forestry Fire and State Lands Wildland Urban Interface seasonal employees, Utah Conservation Corps crews and Bureau of Land Management wildland firefighters worked to reduce fuel hazards along Pack Creek and Mill Creek this past week.
Firefighters from the Moab Valley Fire Department extinguish a burning camp trailer fire Friday evening, Feb. 28 at 500 West 200 South. Capt. Cody Greaves said the cause is undetermined and no injuries were reported.
The equipment, acquired through a grant written by Kara Dohrenwend of the Grand Conservation District, figures to be heavily used at Grand County’s Pack and Mill creeks as Rim to Rim Restoration and others thin out brush and trees to reduce fire fuels – and use the chipper to get rid of the trimmings.
Southeast Utah Group of National Parks officials began burning piles of dead vegetation in Salt Valley Wash Monday, Feb. 10. Burns can occur throughout February, March, and April as conditions allow, according to a statement from the group.
Veteran-led Team Rubicon volunteers will assist in ongoing fire mitigation efforts, debris management, sawyer operations, volunteer organizations active in disasters (VOAD) integration, heavy equipment operations, training and education, and spontaneous volunteer management when they return to Moab next month. These efforts will be in coordination with local and state authorities.
According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, local Deputy Jamison Wiggins saved an elderly man and his dog from a residential fire on Sunday, Jan. 26. The man and his daughter were treated for smoke inhalation; the man was transported to Moab Regional Hospital and has since been released.
New Year’s Eve started early for Grand County firefighters who responded to a tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 70 at milepost 187. The incident occurred just before 2:30 a.m. Dec. 31, said Thompson Springs Fire Chief Mark Marcum in an email.
Utah Conservation Corps chainsaw crews started work in a dense block of ladder fuels along Pack Creek, between Hunt Creek and Arbor drives – where 50 homes and outbuildings are in the immediate area and where a windblown burning ember could reach one of more than 100 more, according to Kara Dohrenwend, director of Rim to Rim Restoration.
Park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation in Salt Valley Wash at Arches National Park beginning Monday, Nov. 11. Burns might occur throughout November, December and January as conditions allow, according to park officials.
A downed power line caused multiple fires near Zimmerman Lane in Spanish Valley Tuesday night, Oct. 29, according to Moab Valley Fire Chief TJ Brewer. Three vehicles were lost to the fire, but Brewer reported no injuries.
The Moab Valley Fire Protection District requested help from the Grand County Council to fill a projected $200,000 budget shortfall during a joint meeting Tuesday, but Grand County has its own budget problems that could lead to either the first property tax increase in 13 years or sweeping, across-the-board cuts to its 13 departments – including a potential reduction in force.
According to Police Chief Bret Edge and Moab Valley Fire Chief T.J. Brewer, a tractor-trailer that caught fire at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, had two wheels explode because of heat, causing two explosions audible at nearby residences.