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  • Arizona Strip Fire Activity Minimal Despite Weekend Thunderstorms
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 07/15/13 - 04:32 PM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - Despite weekend thunderstorms that delivered significant moisture to Washington County, fire managers urge the public to be mindful of their activities due to the extremely dry conditions of existing fuels. “While we may have been lucky this weekend with zero naturally caused starts on the Arizona Strip, we did experience a few human caused starts on BLM-managed lands south of St. George, Utah,” said Rachel Tueller, BLM Arizona Strip District Public Affairs Officer.

    From July 13-15, 2013 the Strip saw no new naturally caused fire starts, however, fire managers reported three human caused fires starts which began July 11 including, “Skip, Three, and Jump” fires along the south bound route of Interstate 15 between Mesquite, Nevada and Beaver Dam, Arizona. With limited fire staff on hand, those three fires were suppressed by the Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire Departments which are cooperators with the BLM Arizona Strip.

    Fires on the Strip including the “Dew Drop” fire at 1, 128 acres and “Figure Four” fire at 19 acres, are being managed with a contain/control strategy. The “Dew Drop” fire is being monitored and has one engine on the fire. Smoke from the “Figure Four Fire” which was previously visible from Mesquite, Nevada is no longer visible, is being held within retardant lines and monitored by aircraft.

    Fire Managers for the Arizona Strip District would like to remind the public that fire restrictions are still in place and encourage the public to use extreme caution with the use of fires and to be mindful of other activities that may start a fire including off road driving, grinding, welding or cutting of metal and target shooting in areas that are adjacent to wildland fuels.

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