UPDATE: 6/22/22 11:04 A.M.

DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (ABC4) – Utah Interagency Fire has released new details on the Left Fork Fire on Wednesday.

The fire has reportedly grown to 3,984 acres, and is still at 5% containment.

Fire officials say the fire saw more activity on the west, northwest side of the fire on Tuesday, which is where most of the acreage growth occurred. As the winds shifted, officials say the fire jumped the dozer line and hardline that had been created as a fuel break on the southwest corner.

Given the spot fires and how receptive current fuels are to fire, this reportedly triggered evacuations in the Bryan Woodlands Estates. Officials say the winds shifted more northward later during the day Tuesday, making a push towards the Blubber Creek drainage.

(Courtesy of Utah Interagency Fire)

Utah Interagency Fire reports 50 threatened structures.

While this decreased the immediate threat to the community, officials say the evacuations will remain in place for the time being, until Fire Managers and the Sherriff feel the threat to the community is gone.

The rest of the fire perimeter reportedly saw minimal growth. Officials say sections of the eastern flank are slowly creeping towards the 105 Road, and so far the fire has stopped progression at this natural barrier.

A few spot fires have occurred along the southern end of the fire, but crews have been able to hold those areas thus far, according to Utah Interagency Fire.

As for Wednesday, officials say that decreased temperatures and increased humidity are predicted, and a potential storm front moving in may help firefighters make progress on the perimeter of the fire.

Air attack will continue to support crews on the ground as weather and conditions allow.

UPDATE: 6/21/22 11:47 A.M.

DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (ABC4) – Utah Interagency Fire has released new details on the Left Fork Fire on Tuesday.

The fire has reportedly grown to a confirmed 3,009 acres, and is still at 5% containment.

Fire officials say Monday’s favorable weather conditions and decreased wind provided fire managers an opportunity to assess and map the fire more accurately.

With the reduction in fire behavior, they say minimal growth was observed.

More crews reportedly arrived and were inserted around the perimeter.

See below for current mapping of the fire.

(Courtesy of Utah Interagency Fire)

Officials say the steep, rugged terrain is not feasible for firefighters to attack the fire directly in many areas, and air attack will continue to be heavily utilized to support crews on the ground.

Dozers are reportedly working to create fuel breaks on areas of the fire where appropriate, in conjunction with handline and retardant drops.

With full suppression tactics, fire managers say they intend to utilize as many natural barriers as possible to gain containment of the fire.

An area and road closure has been put in place by the Dixie National Forest to assure public and firefighter safety.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: 6/20/22 11:21 A.M.

DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (ABC4) – New details on the Left Fork Fire have been provided by Utah Interagency Fire on Monday.

The fire has reportedly grown to a confirmed 2,608 acres, with 5% containment.

More favorable wind conditions have been reported, however, allowing for firefighting aircrafts to engage the fire Monday morning, providing direct support to crews.

See below for mapping of the fire.

Utah Interagency Fire says that the fire has been moving northeast and has crossed the middle fork of Blubber Creek.

Cooperating agencies include USDA Forest Service, DOI Bureau of Land Management, State of Utah
Department of Natural Resources – Division of Fire, Forestry and State Lands, Bryce Canyon and Zion
National Parks, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and area fire departments.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: 6/19/22 3:38 P.M.

DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (ABC4) – Utah Interagency Fire has released a fact sheet with new details on the development of the Left Fork Fire.

They say that the fire has grown to approximately 600-700 acres, and that it is, in fact, human-caused.

The fire is reportedly located in the Dixie National Forest, 10 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon City in the Kanab Creek drainage.

At this time, fire officials say the fire is 10% contained as difficult terrain and extreme weather continue to hamper firefighting efforts and Red Flag conditions are still at play.

145 fire personnel are currently assigned to the Left Fork Fire, according to Utah Interagency Fire.

They say that the wind driven fire is currently moving northeast and has made it to the Blubber Creek drainage.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY: 6/19/22 9:21 A.M.

DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (ABC4) – The Left Fork Fire, which broke out in the Dixie National Forest early May, has been reinvigorated due to high winds and dry conditions, according to Utah Fire Info.

The wildfire is reported to be more than 325 acres, with 10% containment.

According to fire officials, no structures are threatened or damaged, and there are no injuries at this time.

The situation has been described as difficult, with extreme weather conditions and difficult terrain “hampering firefighting efforts.”

Red Flag conditions with relative humidity “in the single digits” and southwest winds averaging 25 mph, gusts of 40 to 55 mph, have been reported to a nearby weather station, officials say.

Utah Fire Info reports that the fire is burning mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, slash piles and heavy dead and down woody material.

Additionally, they say that wind conditions have grounded aviation support.

The safety of firefighters is “of paramount concern,” as fire weakened standing trees and dead snags pose an imminent threat of falling and striking firefighters.

Extreme fire behavior with rapid rates of spread has been observed.

64 firefighters have been reported as staffing the fire, and “additional resources have been ordered and are enroute.”

The Kanab Creek Road system has been closed until further notice, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.