UPDATE: Bennion Creek Fire reaches 7,724 acres, 10% contained, evacuations extended

Utah Wildfires
MONDAY 06/14/21 9:30 a.m.

BENNISON RIDGE, Utah (ABC4) – Officials state the #bennioncreekfire has experienced overnight growth due to extremely dry conditions and erratic winds.

The U.S. Forest Service states the fire has now expanded to 7,724 acres and is 10% contained.

Firefighters remind that evacuations have also been extended.

The public and residence are asked to remain clear of the area for public and firefighter safety.

SUNDAY 06/13/21 8 p.m.

BENNISON RIDGE, Utah (ABC4) – On Sunday, the first of several forecasted days of Red Flag conditions tested fire control lines on the Bennion Creek fire, which is burning northwest of Scofield Reservoir. The fire is located in rugged country between Skyline and Starvation roads, on the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

One evacuation order and several closures remain in effect for areas affected by the fire.

Crews will remain on the fireline overnight to perform structure protection and fire suppression work.

Currently the fire has burned 7,200 acres and remains at 10% contained.

“With parts of Utah experiencing extreme dry conditions not seen since the 1930’s dust bowl era, please be cautious with ignition sources while outdoors, and remain clear of the fire area.”

SUNDAY 06/13/21 8:00 a.m.

BENNISON RIDGE, Utah (ABC4) – The Bennion Creek fire has continued to expand in remote and rugged country northwest of Scofield Reservoir.

According to fire authorities, as the fire continues to burn in the area between Skyline and Starvation roads, on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, evacuation and closures remain in effect for areas affected by the fire.

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The U.S. Forest Service states Firefighters are working aggressively to contain the fire, protect structures and mop up perimeter lines.

“Saturday afternoon, strong winds caused rapid fire growth to the fire’s south, within the area of Sugar House Camp and to the fire’s north, within the area of Bennion Creek Camp. Crews completed a successful burnout, which prevented further fire from crossing east of Starvation Road or south of Forest Road 0008,” they state. “Aside from the burnout, significant growth did not occur overnight. For public safety, Aspen Cove subdivision has been evacuated. The evacuation order will be reevaluated daily depended of the fire’s activity.”

Officials say engines and crews will continue to mop up any heat and enhance control lines around structures in Bennion Creek Camp and Sugar House Camp on the east side of the fire. Planning and preparation for potential future protection of structures around Scofield Reservoir will continue.

“Crews are working diligently to fortify lines as much as possible as forecasted hot, dry, and breezy weather sets in for the week,” they add.

Since June 4, the fire has grown to 6,514 acres and is only 10% contained.

The public and residence are asked to remain clear of the area for public and firefighter safety.

SATURDAY 06/12/21 3:06 p.m.

BENNISON RIDGE, Utah (ABC4) – Officials have extended evacuation measures for those residing in Aspen Cove, Saturday.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, as of June 12, the mandatory evacuation in effect for Aspen Cove has been extended. The evacuation extension is due to extreme fire behavior threatening the community.

Fire authorities state the evacuation order will be reassessed on June 13. The public and residence are asked to remain clear of the area for public and firefighter safety.

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

BENNISON RIDGE, Utah (ABC4) – The Bennion Creek Fire, burning in southern Utah County, has burned a total of 6,382 acres.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire, sparked by a natural cause, is 10% contained as of Saturday morning. It is continuing to burn in the vicinity of Skyline and Starvation road on the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

According to officials, strong winds from Thursday afternoon, caused rapid fire growth. This resulted in fire crossing to the east of Starvation Creek, and the evacuation of the Aspen Cove subdivision.

Fire authorities say, crews were able to successfully protect all structures in the affected areas and have constructed line around the fire east of Starvation Creek.

As of June 12, crews will continue to secure all lines and scout for additional control features and opportunities west of Starvation Creek. Structural triage and defense will continue.

Smoke is visible in the surrounding communities and from Highway 6.

Starvation road, Bennion Ridge road, Forest Road 0008 (Bear Ridge Road), and Fish Creek Trail are closed for public and firefighter safety.

FRIDAY 06/11/21 6:49 a.m.

BENNISON RIDGE, Utah (ABC4) – The Bennion Creek Fire, burning in southern Utah County, has burned a total of 2,500 acres.

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The U.S. Forest Service says the fire, sparked by a natural cause, is 0% contained as of late Thursday night. It is continuing to burn in the vicinity of Skyline and Stravation roads on the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

After windy Thursday, evacuations of Aspen Cove were conducted.

Smoke is visible in the surrounding communities and from Highway 6. Starvation Road, Bennion Ridge Road, and Bear Ridge Road are closed for the public.

Mandatory evacuation in place as winds shift direction of Bennion Creek Fire

THURSDAY 6/10/21 5:20 p.m.

BENNION RIDGE, Utah (ABC4) – Effective immediately, a mandatory evacuation of Aspen Cove is taking place in Scofield.

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The United States Department of Agriculture announced the change Thursday evening as the evacuation took effect at 5 p.m.

Officials say the evacuation is due to extreme fire behavior and forecasted winds pushing the Bennion Creek Fire toward the community of Aspen Cove.

Residents in the evacuated area are asked to leave immediately.

Officials are also asking the public to remain clear of the area for their own safety, as well as the safety of firefighters.

As of Wednesday evening, the wildfire has reached 1,471 acres in size and is 25% contained.

Utah County fire reaches 1,471 acres, 25% contained

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

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The Bennion Creek Fire burning in Utah County continues to grow.

As of Wednesday evening, the fire has reach 1,471 acres in size.

Wildfire officials say the fire is now 25% contained, with 212 fire personnel currently assigned to the fire.

According to a news release, Starvation Road, Bennion Ridge Road, and Bear Ridge Road remained closed for public and firefighter safety.

The public is asked to avoid the area.

TUESDAY 6/9/21 6:10 p.m.

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Emergency crews are continuing to battle a wildfire in Utah County Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the wildfire, dubbed the Bennion Creek Fire, has now reached a size of 1,371 acres.

Officials say Utah’s drought conditions have contributed to the growth of the fire.

As of Tuesday evening, the fire is 10% contained

“There has been a lot of smoke visible from multiple counties today, and which is due to the fire, aligned with ground slope and high winds, making uphill runs through Conifer stands,” Matthew Way, incident commander for the fire.

Although the fire has grown in size, the U.S. Forest Service said firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading into private property, including a Boy Scout camp.

“Fire personnel are securing bulldozer lines along Bennion Creek Ridge, checking handlines established yesterday around private property and a youth church camp, as well as scouting west of the fire activity to identify future locations for handlines,” Way said.

Bennion Ridge Road and Starvation Road remain closed as crews continue to battle the fire.

MONDAY 6/7/21 5:46 p.m.

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – A wildfire continues to burn in Utah County Monday.

According to the U.S. Forest service is 10% contained, as the fire has now reached an estimated size of 1200 acres.

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Officials say the warm, dry, and windy weather contributed to the fire’s “moderate” growth.

The public is asked to avoid the area as crews continue to battle the fire.

Bennion Creek Fire reaches 700 acres, 0% contained

MONDAY 6/7/2021 7:42 a.m.

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – A wildfire in Utah County remains at 0% contained Monday morning, three days after it started west of Soldier Summit.

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Friday evening, crews began evacuating numerous Boy Scouts from a campsite in Utah County. Hours later, Utah Fire Info confirmed the fire, the Bennion Creek Fire, is burning in very remote, rugged terrain, inaccessible to firefighters on foot.

Over the weekend, red flag conditions made containment a challenge, with the fire spreading to 350 acres on Sunday.

As of Monday morning, Utah Fire Info reports the blaze has spread to 700 acres. Crews and aircraft continued to battle the Bennion Creek Fire Sunday, but steep terrain and dry, windy conditions limited access for ground forces.

A type three team has now taken over the fire.

Crews are battle other fires across the state – the Mammoth Fire near Dixie National Forest and the Turner Park Fire in Grand County.

Crews continue battling Bennion Creek Fire in Utah County

SUNDAY 6/6/2021 11:16 a.m.

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the Bennion Fire continues to rage through burning sagebrush, mountain mahogany and pinyon juniper, Sunday.

On June 6, officials say the fire currently sits on 350 acres and is yet to be contained. Firefighters tell ABC4 the red flag weather conditions are making containment efforts challenging.

Crews battle Bennion Creek Fire in Utah County

SATURDAY 06/05/21 4:45 p.m.

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Officials say the Bennion fire has yet to be contained and due to red flag conditions, containment is challenging.

“It is currently burning through steep, rugged, rocky terrain. That terrain, coupled with current red flag conditions, is making containment efforts challenging,” shares the United States Department of Agriculture.

According to the department a type-3 team is expected to take control of the fire on Monday.

Officials say, smoke is visible in the surrounding communities and from Highway 6. They advise the general public to avoid the area.

The cause remains unknown.

ABC4 will update as the story develops.

Utah County fire deemed as the Bennion Creek Fire

FRIDAY 06/04/21 6:05 p.m.

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Officials tell ABC4 the fire is now deemed as the #BennionCreekFire.

According to the fire teams investigating the scene, the wildfire is burning in a very remote, rugged terrain and is inaccessible to firefighters on foot right now.

Officials say based on an aircraft estimate, the fire is about 30-50 acres in size.

The cause remains unknown.

ABC4 will update as the story develops.

ORIGINAL STORY: Evacuations in place after fire sparks near Utah County

FRIDAY 06/04/21 4:05 p.m.

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Boy Scouts are evacuating a campsite near Utah County as flames embark Soldier Summit.

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According to Utah Fire Info, officials are responding to a wildfire located west of Soldier Summit in Utah County.

It is unknown at this time what caused the fire and how large the flames are. There are also no reported injuries as a result of the fire.

ABC4 will update as the story develops.

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