The Manti-La Sal National Forest on Wednesday reopened roads and trails leading to popular recreation areas north of the Bears Ears buttes as containment grew on the nearby Peavine Canyon and Poison Canyon fires.
As work continues on the Peavine and Poison Canyon fires in the Manti-La Sal National Forest near Monticello and Blanding, Incident Commander John Shaffer and Moab-Monticello District Ranger Mike Diem are mindful that bow hunting season starts Aug. 17 in parts of the forest affected by fire-related road and trail closures.
Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, coordinated by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, announced $36 million in funding for 121 wildland restoration and rehabilitation projects statewide, with a goal of improving over 173,000 acres of land. In addition, 24 livestock and wildlife water development projects were funded. The projects are scheduled for the 2020 fiscal year. Among them are three plans for southeastern Utah, including prescribed burns in the La Sal Mountains.
Independence Day 2019 was “coordinated chaos” for the Moab Valley Fire Department, according to its chief T.J. Brewer.
Bureau of Land Management Fire Investigator J.B. Clay gathers evidence at a fire that occurred July 3 near the parking area at Ken’s Lake.
A fast-moving brush fire in Thompson late Sunday afternoon was prevented from reaching several homes, according to Thompson Springs Fire Chief Mark Marcum.
The Moab Valley Fire Department responded to a semi-truck fire on Highway 191 just past the Highway 313 junction – the road to Dead Horse Point State Park – Thursday afternoon, June 20.
With the heat of summer baking plants into tinder, state and local agencies are enforcing burn bans and firework prohibitions around the state and particularly in Moab, where the local fire department said that many of the fires in the city earlier this month were human-initiated.
Moab Valley Fire Chief TJ Brewer is worried people might think the wetter-than-usual winter and spring in southeastern Utah means the region will have a calm fire season.
The Moab City Police Department said in a press release this week that detectives with the department were investigating a fire that occurred on the evening Thursday, June 13, as arson. Police said the involved person was attempting to inflict self-harm, and first responders “saved the life” of the person.
Part of a house on Arbor Drive in Spanish Valley was caught in a brush fire around 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. First responders at the scene said they were unaware of any injuries resulting from the fire.
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.