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Plans underway to restore landscape from West Valley Fire near Pine Valley

The fire has burned more than 11,000 acres

UPDATE 7/11/18: Rehabilitation assessment for the fire began Wednesday. The fire remains at 55 percent containment. 

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UPDATE 7/9/18 Thanks to hard work by firefighters, the West Valley Fire is now 55% contained. Crews say cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity slowed down fire growth considerably. As a result, the fire will be turned over to local fire crews Tuesday.

So far the fire has consumed 11,771 acres, officials say.

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UPDATE 7/8/18:  Fire holds at 46% containment and 11,785 acres. The remaining containment may take time, as the fire is burning slowly through cliffs and old burn scars.

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UPDATE 7/6/18: Crews say the fire has burned 11,716 acres and is 28 percent contained.

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UPDATE 7/5/18: The West Valley Fire in southern Utah burned more than 11,700 acres and is 20 percent contained. A drone flying into restricted airspace forced crews to temporarily land aircraft fighting the fire. 

Air support got back to fighting the flames later in the day, but firefighters want people to know, you must follow flight restrictions in place to protect emergency crews. 

Fire crews are asking homeowners near the blaze to clear the vegetation away from their homes. Click here for guidance.

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UPDATE 7/4/18: Officials say the fire has reached 8% containment and remains at 10,836 acres. They expect an increase of smoke in the area today.

Fire crews have scheduled a public meeting for Thursday, July 5th at the Pine Valley Fire Station at 6 p.m.

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UPDATE 7/3/18: Fire near Pine Valley has now burned 10,836 acres and is 5 percent contained. The fire continues to move slowly to the north and northwest. Crews continue to battle this fire on all fronts

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UPDATE: 7/2/18/--The fire has burned 10,510 acres and is 5% contained. A community meeting will be held Monday, July 2, at the New Harmony Fire Station located at 133 East Center Street in New Harmony at 7 p.m. 

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UPDATE ON FIRE (Sunday 7/1/18 12 p.m.) - The fire near Pine Valley continues to grow, without any containment. Officials are now saying the fire has burned 9,462 acres with 0% containment.

A community meeting will be held Monday, July 2, at the New Harmony Fire Station located at 133 East Center Street in New Harmony at 7 p.m. 

No evacuations are in place. Emergency area, road and trail closures remain in effect. For details about these closures, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5873/43533/

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (News4Utah) –Officials say a wildfire that sparked north of Pine Valley Wednesday afternoon was human-caused.

The fire was first reported around 3 p.m.

It’s located one mile east of Gardner Peak and three miles northeast of the Pine Valley Campground.

"It's definitely growing at a rapid pace," said Nick Howell, West Valley Fire Information Officer.

TIMELAPSE: The West Valley Fire was captured in its beginning stages by a Southern Utah University camera. 

Officials said the fire was estimated at 100 acres when it was first reported, but it swelled to 2,000 acres by the evening. Friday night the fire had burned more than 7,700 acres, fire crews said.

Officials say the fire burned until it hit the Mill Flat fire scar from 2009, slowing it down a bit. 

Approximately 10 homes on private land, near the Mill Flat Trailhead, are potentially threatened, they say.

"The vegetation is just extremely volatile. And really conducive to large fire growth right now," said Howell.

No evacuations have been ordered at this time.  Crews are working to keep the fire away from the nearby town of New Harmony.

Residents in St. George and Cedar City reported seeing a large plume of smoke associated with the fire. The fire can be seen from some sections of Interstate 15 in the area.

Closures in the area 

A temporary area closure has been put in place by the Dixie National Forest. The closure is from the Forest boundary west of New Harmony, and specifically lying west of Forest Road 029, the National Forest Boundary and the Pine Valley Wilderness Boundary, North of Pine Valley Wilderness Boundary, the Summit Trail and the Canal Trail, East of the Forest Road 011, and South of Forest Road 009. Forest Road 011 and Forest Road 035 to 4011 are closed.

Fire crews say they do not need any food or supplies. 

"If people want to donate, Thank You notes for the firefighters are always appreciated. Or they can donate to their local Volunteer Fire Department, who are all assisting with the fire," Fire Contacting Officer Sierra R. Hellstrom said.

"They can also donate money to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation," she added.

 

Viewer submitted photos of fire near Pine Valley

 

 


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