Better weather helps crews fight the Left Fork Fire

Calmer winds allow firefighting planes to return.

(Utah Fire Info) The Left Fork Fire has grown to more than 2,600 acres and is only 5% contained.

The Left Fork Fire continues to burn in Dixie National Forest, but there’s some good news – winds have eased, allowing firefighter planes to fight the fire again. Two helicopters and four tankers joined 145 ground crew members Monday morning.

The blaze has grown to 2,608 acres and is only 5% contained as of midday Monday, according to the Utah Interagency Fire. There is no estimate of when it will be included. But the fire, which is about 10 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon City, has caused no injuries, damaged, destroyed or threatened no buildings, and prompted no evacuations. Some campers left the area voluntarily but were not ordered to do so.

According to the fire department, the fire was man-made. It began on May 9 when a prescribed fire spiraled out of control but was believed to be contained after burning about 100 acres. However, the fire reignited Saturday when high winds fanned embers into flames.

The Left Fork Fire It burns through mixed conifers and ponderosa pines with a heavy concentration of dead and/or fallen trees. It is moving northeast and has crossed the middle fork of Blubber Creek. Better weather helps crews fight the Left Fork Fire

Joel McCord

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