Utah Forest Fire 35% Contained
The Salt Creek Fire in central Utah that has burned more than 23,600 acres and threatened several public and private campgrounds is 35% contained, according to the latest incident report.
Structural losses from the fire include a rental cabin, campground office and outbuilding at a private campground; two mobile homes; and 10 RVs.
The fire began July 19 about five miles east of Nephi, Utah, but has not progressed much in the last two days, Terry Krasko, fire information officer, told Woodall’s Campground Management.
As of late Wednesday, there were 638 firefighters from around the U.S. assigned to fight the blaze in the Uinta National Forest, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. The eastern half of the fire received significant rainfall on Wednesday, according to the report.
The forest fire is one of six major fires burning in the state. It gained national attention last Friday when CNN reported that several towns were evacuated and 18 Boy Scouts were airlifted out of Nephi Canyon.
Krasko estimated that 200 people were evacuated from several communities in the fire’s path, but added that the report on the Boy Scouts’ escape “got blown out of proportion.” He said a helicopter flying over the canyon alerted the scouts to leave their campground and directed them to the nearest road to safety.
He also noted that while the fire has forced the closing of several campgrounds in the national forest, no structural damage has occurred on any of the federal sites as of late Wednesday.
Residents of the Oaker Hills, Elk Ridge, Indian Ridge and Mt. Baldy Estates are still evacuated until further notice.
The Uinta and the Manti La-Sal National Forests have implemented emergency fire closures on portions of the national forests north and south of State Route 132 in the vicinity of the fire.
Krasko was not aware of any civilian injuries from the fire.