UPDATE: Pack Creek Fire 16% contained

Utah Wildfires

TUESDAY 6/15/2021 10:03 p.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – As of Thursday evening, wildfire officials say the Pack Creek fire is 26% contained and has spread to 8,453 acres in size.

Responders are attributing the containment to “favorable conditions, assistance from aircraft, and good work by firefighting personnel.”

MONDAY 6/14/2021 8:44 p.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Wildfire officials now say the Pack Creek Fire in San Juan County is 16% contained as of Monday evening.

The fire has now grown to a size of 8,243, acres and 426 emergency responders are currently working to put out the fire.

MONDAY 6/14/2021 3:22 p.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Wildfire officials have now determined the cause of a wildfire that continues to burn in San Juan County.

The Pack Creek Fire is said to have been caused by an abandoned campfire in the Pack Creek Day Use Area on June 9.

Investigators are now asking the public for help in locating the person who left the campfire unattended.

If you have any information on the incident, you are asked to call 775-355-5337.

MONDAY 6/14/2021 9:41 a.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The Pack Creek Fire has now burned 8,243 acres and is just 6% contained.

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According to the Utah Fire info the La Sal Mountain’s drought is the worst it has been in 90 years. The combination of heat, extremely dry fuels, and steep, rugged terrain is presenting challenges to the firefighters.

Evacuations for Pack Creek Fire

MONDAY 6/14/2021 6:08 a.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for all private property around the east side of Geyser Pass due to flames from the Pack Creek Fire breaching the road.

According to authorities, this includes anyone from Blue Lake down through Dark Canyon area.

AS of Sunday, the Pack Creek Fire, started by an abandoned campfire, has reached 5,164 acres.

Pack Creek Fire reaches 5,164 acres, 6% contained, closure order issued

SUNDAY 6/13/2021 9:30 a.m.

MOAB, Utah (ABC4) – The Pack Creek Fire currently is burning through 5,000 acres of land and is 6% contained, as of June 13.

According to Utah Wildfire, the cause of the fire has been determined by an abandoned campfire.

Officials say as conditions remain very dry throughout the state and on public lands, it is vital to keep “fire sense” in mind.

New closure ordered for Pack Creek Fire

SATURDAY 6/12/21 2:00 p.m.

MOAB, Utah (ABC4) – Officials state that a new closure order has been issued for the Pack Creek Fire.

According to Utah Wildfire, the order will be in effect from June 12 to July 1 at 6:00 a.m. Fire authorities also state that anyone who violates the prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.

Pack Creek Fire reaches 5,164 acres

SATURDAY 6/12/21 9:06 a.m.

MOAB, Utah (ABC4) – The Pack Creek Fire, burning in Moab, has burned a total of 5,164 acres.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire, sparked by an abandoned campfire, is 0% contained as of Saturday morning. It is continuing to burn through grass, brush and timber. The terrain is rugged, with steep canyons and basins.

“With more firefighters and support personnel arriving in Moab this morning, the Great Basin Incident Management Team 4 will continue building containment lines, focusing on the Pack Creek community to ensure that the area is safe for evacuated residents to return to their homes,” Fire authorities share.

According to officials, crews from Rocky Mountain Power have restored electricity within the Pack Creek area. Manti-La Sal National Forest officials say they are developing an area closure order for the west face of the La Sal Mountains today to maintain public safety and allow incident crews to safely access fire lines. 

Four primary structures and six outbuildings were lost in the Pack Creek community, and five primary structures were damaged by fire.  

Type 2 Team assumes management of Pack Creek Fire

FRIDAY 6/11/21 10:42 p.m.

MOAB, Utah (ABC4) – A Type 2 Team has arrived in Moab and will assume management of the Pack Creek Fire.

Fire officials say four primary structures and six outbuildings have been lost in the Pack Creek community due to the fire, with five other primary structures damaged.

As of Friday morning, the wildfire has reached nearly 5,000 acres.

Pack Creek Fire at over 4.9K acres, 0% contained, after destroying 3 structures

FRIDAY 6/11/2021 11:46 a.m.

MOAB, Utah (ABC4) – A wildfire burning near Moab has reached nearly 5,000 acres as of Friday morning.

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Utah Fire Info reports an infrared flight over the Pack Creek Fire in Grand County shows the 4,944 acre blaze is still 0% contained.

On Thursday, the Pack Creek Fire destroyed three structures and caused the Warner Lake Campground, Oowah Lake Campground, and the community of Pack Creek to be evacuated.

The La Sal Mt. Loop Road is closed until the Warner Cut Off, including Geyser Pass Road.

Because of the increased size and complexity, Utah Fire Info says the Great Basin Team 4 Type 2 Incident Management Team will arrive Friday and assume management of the fire at 6 a.m. Saturday.

3 structures destroyed, evacuations in place as Pack Creek Fire grows

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Three structures have now been lost as a result of the Pack Creek Fire burning outside Moab.

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The community of Pack Creek, Warner Lake Campground, and Oowah Lake Campground have been evacuated as crews continue battling the fire, according to authorities.

La Sal Mountain Loop Road, including Geyser pass, has also been closed until Warner cut off, officials say.

Officials say the fire has expanded to 650 acres, up from 400 Thursday morning.

As of Thursday evening, the fire remains at 0% contained.

Pack Creek Fire grows, destroys one structure

THURSDAY 6/10/2021 11:35 a.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The San Juan wildfire has grown to 400 acres, up from 120 on Wednesday night.

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The Pack Creek Fire, 0% contained as of late Thursday morning, has prompted all homes in the Pack Creek community to be evacuated. Officials say a significant wind shift Wednesday night pushed the fire down the canyon.

One structure has been destroyed, according to Utah Fire Info.

Ground crews had to disengage because of the extreme fire behavior.

Authorities say the fire started Wednesday about 10 miles southeast of Moab by an unattended campfire.

One crew, two helicopters, and six engines are working to contain the blaze.

Crews across Utah are working to contain multiple fires, including the Bear Fire in Carbon County and the Mammoth Fire in southern Utah.

Winds shift direction of Pack Creek Fire, multiple structures threatened

WEDNESDAY 6/9/21 10:03 p.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Winds have shifted the Pack Creek Fire further down the canyon in San Juan County, Wednesday night.

Multiple structures are threatened, fire officials say.

Ground crews have had to disengage due to the extreme fire behavior, according to authorities.

Pack Creek Fire reaches 120 acres in San Juan County

WEDNESDAY 6/9/21 8:12 p.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The Pack Creek Fire burning in San Juan County has now reached 120 acres in size.

As of Wednesday evening, wildfire officials say no evacuations have been ordered and the fire is currently moving away from nearby structures.

ORIGINAL STORY: Crews responding to new wildfire in San Juan County

WEDNESDAY 6/9/21 5:42 p.m.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Another wildfire has been reported in Utah Wednesday afternoon.

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Crews are responding to the wildfire, dubbed the “Pack Creek Fire,” that is burning in San Juan County near the Manti-La Sal National Forest, south of Moab.

The fire is currently estimated to be five acres in size.

Wildfire officials say a forest service campground and one structure are currently threatened in the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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