Pole Creek Fire Update September 11, 2018

Contact(s): KJ Pollock 801-558-8016


September 11, 2018 – The Pole Creek fire, was reported on September 6, 2018 and has been determined as lightning caused.  The fire is located in the Nebo Loop area south of Summit trail #113 on the Spanish Fork Ranger District in Juab County. Yesterday the fire started at 25 acres had grown to approximately 75 acres in size, growth is expected to increase significantly with the high winds expected this afternoon and over the next several days.  Smoke will be visible from parts of the I-15 corridor and surrounding communities.

Firefighters were able to successfully initiate firing operations yesterday afternoon, meeting their objective of reducing down and dead timber, and ladder fuels, while improving wild life habitat in the process.  Firefighter and public safety is the fire manager’s first priority, and managers will assess conditions to determine their strategy over the next several days as high winds are expected to impact fire behavior. Firing operations will be halted unless conditions are determined to be safe and favorable for ignition in the determined fire management area. Firefighters will be working to minimize fire spread to the East of Forest Service road #015 (Nebo Loop), South and West of trail # 113 (Summit trail) and North of Forest Service Road #016 (Pole Canyon). The area is not closed to recreation, but Forest users please be cautious and avoid the fire area.

Due to the complexity of the fire and growth potential a Type 3 team was ordered and will be arriving today with additional resources.  Firefighters will continue using confine and contain suppression techniques to minimize risk to firefighters.

(2) Type 2 Handcrews (40 personnel), (1) Type 4 Engine (5 personnel), Type 4 Incident Command Team, overhead staff (7).
Smoke and flames may be visible from Mount Nebo Scenic Byway and Devil’s Kitchen day-use area, please do not report.