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.
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.