Officials Give Update on Progress in the Neck Fire

Sep 8, 2019, 11:00 AM | Updated: 11:06 am

The Neck Fire has burned 10,000 acres in less than 24 hours. (Central Utah Interagency Fire)...

The Neck Fire has burned 10,000 acres in less than 24 hours. (Central Utah Interagency Fire)

(Central Utah Interagency Fire)

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Fire officials gave an update Sunday morning on the Neck Fire.

In a press release, they said:

Today, the Team will build on prior suppression efforts on the Neck Fire using crews, equipment, and aircraft to reinforce line around the fire. Operational priorities will factor safety hazards and concerns, including a 36-inch natural gas pipeline and high-voltage overhead powerlines; these assets have been evaluated and found to be secure. Values at risk include the endangered sage grouse, which are not yet affected since their closest habitat range still is south of the fire. Occupied Utah Prairie Dogs’ dens are several miles east of the fire perimeter.

Red Flag warning for winds and low relative humidity are forecast for today. A predicted upper-level trough will bring steady winds of 12-16 mph throughout the afternoon with gusts to 24 mph. The forecast is for partly cloudy, becoming sunny by mid-afternoon.

No structures have been damaged and none are currently at risk.

WEATHER: Clouds in the morning will give way to sunny conditions in the later morning.  Expect dry and windy conditions today as a trough moves through in the early afternoon with increasing gusts up to 25 mph.  Maximum temperatures will be in the mid-80s.

RESOURCES:      Total Personnel: 292      3 Hotshot Crews       6 Helicopters         5 Hand Crews      17 Engines    3 Dozers

PUBLIC SAFETY: Mud Springs Road is the single paved road closure to-date.  Law enforcement is staffing roadblocks established for public safety and efficient firefighting operations.  Other unpaved roads near the fire remain closed.

If you are driving in the area on Hwy 130, please SLOW DOWN, but DO NOT STOP in and around the fire area. Additionally, for the safety of firefighters and the public, be aware that helicopters cannot dip from spots where cars are parked too close or where rafters are lingering in the river. Please allow firefighters to do their job safely and efficiently.

CLOSURES: Unpaved roads in the vicinity of the fire remain closed.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: None, but fire danger is High.

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Officials Give Update on Progress in the Neck Fire