UT | Sego Fire | PM Update

1655 PT | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — The SEGO FIRE started this 1330 hours according to Fire Officials from a natural cause which passed over the area earlier. It is located on the southern end of the Book Cliffs on the north end of Thompson Springs in Grand County, Utah. Another wildfire named the CRESCENT FIRE is also burning in the same area.

CAUSE — Lightning strike. Lots of strikes in the last 48 hours.

SIZE UP — 50 acres. 0% containment.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS — Utah Fire Info, GBCC News. Moab Valley Fire Protection District,

CHALLENGES — Burning in rugged, steep and inaccessible terrain.

This is a developing story. We will update as more information is received.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

UT | Bear Fire | 1

SIT REP 1 — JUNE 10, 2021 — 2245 PT

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Credit: Carbon County SO

Incident Summary

Another wildfire has been newly reported in the last 24 hours by Fire Managers and this is the BEAR FIRE, which is located on BLM lands in the Vernal Field Office area.

It is said to be located also about three miles north of Helper, Utah in Price Canyon.

The cause is lighting and ignited on June 9th.

Current Status

Fire behavior is active with group torching, short-range spotting and running. Homes and infrastructure is at risk, under threat, as well as sage-grouse habitat.

About 5,000 acres of timber, grass and brush have been destroyed. There is no containment at this time.


There are about 112 total personnel with six crews and 29 engines.

Incident Cooperators include: BLM, Carbon County SO, UT County Fire Marshal, Helper FD


Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have already reached $1.8 Million Dollars.

Significant Events

  • Air resources grounded due to high winds
  • West side: Ground crews holding area with successful firing operations.
  • Ford Ridge: is now 3 miles from Beaver Ridge and Beaver Creek.
  • Closed: US-6.
  • Winds: Have shifted, pushing heavy smoke into Price and Helper.
  • Threats: Firefighters are aware of the cabins and radio towers in the Beaver Ridge/Beaver Creek area and will make every effort to provide advance notice to property owners if the Bear Fire starts to threaten that area.

EVACUATION ALERTS — in effect (6/10/2021 2111 PT)

  • Pre-evacuation order in effect for northwest corner of Helper.
  • 10 residences impacted.

Evacuation updates can be found on the Utah Fire Info via their website: http://UtahFireInfo.gov/ or through the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office Utah Facebook page: (1) Carbon County Sheriff’s Office Utah | Facebook

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Credit: Utah Fire Info (Facebook page)

Through the Eyes of Social Media

“Historic drought, strong SW winds & above average heat at play.”

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

UT | Bennion Creek Fire | 1

SIT REP — JUNE 6, 2021 — 2345 PT

A wildfire named the BENNION CREEK FIRE is burning in Utah.

Day 1 (June 4) – Around 1637 hours PT, air resources estimated the fire on Day 1 to be around 30-50 acres. It was ignited by an unknown source. It is burning on Bennion Ridge on the Manti-La Sal National Forest in very remote, rugged terrain and inaccessible by fire resources.

Cause is under investigation. No structures are threatened, however about 100 people were evacuated from nearby as precautions and for their safety.

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Day 2 (June 5) – On June 5th, Day 2, the fire had burned 350 acres and had a 0% containment status. Fire fuels include sagebrush, mountain mahogany and pinyon juniper.

Smoke is visible from Highway 6. Please avoid the Red Flag related area.

Day 3 (June 6) – Fire has burned 300 acres. 0% containment. 92 total personnel assigned with 2 crews, 1 engine and 3 helicopters. $50,000 cost-to-date. Burning on the Manti-La Sal National Forest (USFS). Fire behavior is moderate with torching, running and with uphill runs. Structures under threat. Evacuations and Closures are in effect.

Sandstone fins in the foreground and the La Sal Mountains in the background near dusk. The landscape is bathed in a pinkish purple glow from the setting sun.
Beautiful La Sal Mountains grace the Arches National Park in foreground. Credit — USFS

The fire is currently burning through steep, rugged and rocky terrain, making it difficult and dangerous for fire crews to work and suppress/contain the fire.

A Type 3 IMT is due to take command of the fire incident on Monday, June 7, 2021.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog


UPDATE 1 – Saturday, May 30th

A wildfire named the TABBY CANYON FIRE is burning on Stansbury Island and moving east and is deemed to be wind-driven.

The fire is burning in Tooele County, Utah that started on Saturday, May 30th.

Photo Credit:  Utah Fire Info


Firefighters were dispatched via the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Center at 1535 hours MDT (1435 PT).  Fire was estimated to be at 75 acres with additional resources on order.  There were no structures threatened at the moment.

Resources include:  Alta E411 E630 E633 H-5PT Logan IHC Lone Peak Twin Peaks WT as of 2205 hours MDT this evening.

As of 0013 MDT, Sunday, May31st, the fire activity has exploded into 1,500 acres with an unknown containment status.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1115 PT