Gulch Fire contained; progress made on MGC Complex fires

Map derivative adapted from and courtesy of utahfireinfo.gov and Google Maps, St. George News

 ST. GEORGE – Multiple fires across the region are in the process of being contained or have been contained since Monday night.

Gulch Fire

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Bureau of Land of Management reported the Gulch Fire, located 17 miles south of St. George on the Arizona Strip, is 100 percent contained. The fire was triggered by a lightning strike the evening of July 2 and burned 351 acres.

Though contained, the fire is not yet out and is currently smoldering. Containment simply means fire crews have succeeded in keeping the fire from spreading any farther.

No road closures or evacuations were issued in connection with the fire, nor were any structures threatened or individuals injured.

A type 3 incident command team had been established Friday to help better coordinate firefighting efforts between the multiple agencies involved in containing the blaze. Management of the Gulch Fire was returned to local authorities on Monday.

Status of major fires associated with the MGC Complex Fire in western Washington County/eastern Nevada as of 9 p.m. Monday:

Middle Ridge Fire, 10,304 acres, 60 percent contained

Seeding occurred Monday over areas of the fire that were most severely burned. All necessary rehabilitation work within the perimeter of Beaver Dam State Park was completed on the Middle Ridge Fire, which is located about 30 miles southeast of Panaca, Nevada. One firefighter was treated for dehydration.

Cottonwood Fire, 1,127 acres, 80 percent contained

Fire crews working on the Cottonwood Fire, located approximately 18 miles northeast of Panaca, Nevada, have been staying in a remote camp near the fire. Tuesday, that camp was dismantled and crews joined the main fire camp for the night. They will return to the fire area tomorrow to finish rehabilitation work.

Greek Peak Fire, 761 acres, 95 percent contained

Suppression work on the Greek Peak Fire, which is located about 15 miles southwest of Enterprise, is nearly complete, and no further staffing of the fire is expected. Wednesday, the area will be assessed by helicopter.

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