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Crews fighting Deer Springs wildfire receive assistance of type 1 helicopter

Jul 10, 2024, 4:25 PM | Updated: Jul 11, 2024, 7:38 pm

A Type 1 helicopter arrived on scene of the Deer Springs fire in southern Utah. (National Interagen...

A Type 1 helicopter arrived on scene of the Deer Springs fire in southern Utah. (National Interagency Fire Center)

(National Interagency Fire Center)

UPDATE — On Thursday, Utah Fire Info reported the Deer Springs wildfire is at 30% contained. 

The fire has grown to more than 11,000 acres in size.


KANAB, Kane County Crews fighting the Deer Springs Fire in southern Utah received a much-needed resource on Wednesday.

According to Utah Fire Info, a type 1 helicopter has arrived on scene. 

“Type-1s can rapidly deploy thousands of gallons of water or retardant with pinpoint accuracy,” Utah Fire Info posted on X.

The fire, located south of Bryce Canyon National Park, started up on Sunday. The fire rapidly grew in size on Monday.

As of Tuesday, the fire was at 11,888 acres in size and 10% containment.

According to fire officials, the fire appears to be human-caused. However, the investigation into the fire is ongoing.

There are 154 people currently fighting the fire with seven engines and three water tender trucks. In addition to the helicopter, there are several other aircraft on scene.

The Deer Springs Fire sparks south of Bryce Canyon National Park

Road closures

According to Utah Interagency Fire, Skutumpah Road between Johnson Canyon Road and Lick Wash is open to resident traffic only. Nephi Pasture and Crocodile parking lots, along with the Nephi Pasture Road, are closed.

Evacuations

If evacuations become necessary, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office will notify residents through the Kane County’s Community Emergency Notification System on Everbridge, according to state fire officials.

The Deer Springs wildfire is burning in southern Utah. (Carter Mackley)

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Crews fighting Deer Springs wildfire receive assistance of type 1 helicopter