Saddle Fire in Pine Valley at 84 Percent Contained

Saddle Fire Facts Fire Size: 2,299 acres Percent Contained: 84 percent contained. Evacuations: Voluntary evacuations were lifted July 12, 2016.

Closures: Forsyth Trail, Goat Springs Trail #31016, Road #2113, Road #2114, Road #3396, and Road #565.

Structures Threatened: Uncontained fire line remains in Lloyd Canyon. The threat to 54 structures is continually being assessed. No structures have been destroyed.

Drone Intrusions: 5 violations of the Temporary Flight Restriction by Unmanned Aircraft Systems have occurred. ***Air operations are grounded each time a drone is sighted for safety reasons.***

Fuels/Terrain: Heavy dead and downed timber and brush, surrounded by steep, rugged and rocky terrain continue present access challenges.

Conditions: Containment of the fire is continuing to hold and interior smoke can be seen. Moderate fire behavior with isolated/group torching, backing on steep slopes, and creeping. Crews continue holding and improving control lines. Mop-up, patrol, and monitoring continue on the fire. A return of active fire behavior is possible in unburned areas inside control lines.Smoke impacts display overall good clearing of smoke from the valley.

Fire Resources Assigned: Total 62 personnel assigned, includes 1 Type-I interagency hotshot crews, 1 Type-II hand crews, 1 Type-III helicopter, 2 engines.

Air Operations: As of July 11, 2016, 489,747 gallons of water and 391,935 gallons of retardant have been used by aerial resources for suppression efforts.

Injuries: 9 minor injuries are reported to date.

Incident Management: Ty Hansen, Incident Commander and Derek Domis, Incident Commander Trainee, of the Type 4 Incident Management Team is currently managing the incident. The transition from the Type 3 team to the local unit occurred the morning of Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Cause: Lightning caused on June 13, 2016, approximately 2 miles south of the town of Pine Valley, in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness of the Pine Valley Ranger District on the Dixie National Forest.

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