SOUTHERN UTAH – A new fire has ignited near the DI Ranch west of Utah Hill, while the West Mountain Fire has reached 100 percent containment.
DI Ranch Fire
The DI Ranch Fire was started by lightning around 8:27 p.m., Thursday, and has grown to 300 acres. It is 0 percent contained thus far and threatens 10 structures near the DI Ranch. One of the structures is a residential home, while the remainder consists of outbuildings or stables.
Aircraft and firefighters are working to suppress the fire while protecting structures at risk a mile away.
No road closures or evacuations have been order at this point.
West Mountain Fire
The West Mountain Fire, also located west of Utah Hill, is now 100 percent *contained at 2,450 acres. Firefighters will continue to secure remaining hot spots until the fire is **controlled and safe to leave. The fire burned in steep, rocky terrain, which made access for fire crews difficult.
No structures or property values were damaged or lost.
The following definitions were supplied by Nick Howell, a fire mitigation and education specialist for the Bureau of Land Management.
*Fire Containment: Is when the forward progression of the fire is halted and when the perimeter has been “lined” and secured by firefighters working on the ground.
**Fire Control: Is when all potential threats, such as hot spots, of the fire are mitigated and no longer present a risk to possible fire growth and/or injury to the public has been eliminated.
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