NOTICE: Please see our July 5 story, with notices to community members, and schedules for lifting of the Highway 14 road closure and for rescissions of mandatory evacuations.
Updated 11:25 p.m. Size of the fire currently mapped has increased. Story amended.
KANE COUNTY – The Shingle Fire is now at 8,284 acres and remains at zero percent containment.
The fire began six miles south of Duck Creek Village Sunday, and has since led to mandatory evacuations of the Swains Creek, Stout Canyon, Ponderosa Village, Harris Flat and Elk Ridge subdivisions. Additional evacuations have included the Uinta Flat and Turkey Track areas north of state Highway 14.
Officials with Kane County Emergency Services said the evacuations are expected to stay in effect through Wednesday.
Garkane Energy has reported that electrical power is currently off transmission and power outages are affecting communities along Hwy 14 corridor from Duck Creek Village to Long Valley at the junction of Hwy 89.
Fire behavior is active running, spotting and torching. Rapid progression of fire toward communities, major power lines, Hwy 14 and Hwy 89.
Currently, the South end of the fire perimeter has good anchors and the west flank fire line is holding strong. The fire has not crossed Hwy 14 or Hwy 89. Fire crews are diligently working day and night to protect life and property, keeping the public and firefighters safe is always the first priority.
Road closures include state Highway 14 from state Highway 89 to Mammoth Creek road junction. Several Forest Service roads also remain closed.
No structures have been lost thus far, though the fire currently threatens 550 residences, 300 outbuildings and one commercial property. Power to Cedar Mountain may be restored Tuesday night.
The fire is human-caused, having been triggered by faulty ATV spark arrestor.
Multiple agencies are on site fighting the fire. In a move to help cover the costs of operation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized a Fire Management Assistant Grant per a request from state officials. The Shingle Fire FMAG is the fifth such grant to be authorized by FEMA for a Utah wildfire this year. The grant will cover up to 75 percent of firefighting expenditures.
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