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2019 Wildfire Season: The Latest On Fires Burning Across Utah

Aug 14, 2019

Updated 5:32 p.m. MDT 8/14/19: Utah Wildfire Info is currently tracking six fires across the state — of which, three exceed 1,000 acres. 

  • The lightning-caused Peavine Canyon Fire in Southeast Utah continues to burn roughly 22 miles west of Blanding. The blaze began on July 16 and has burned 3,904 acres to-date. It is now 90% contained and estimated to be fully contained by August 15. 
  • The Poison Canyon Fire was induced by lightning on July 26. The fire has burned 1,520 acres some 22 miles northwest of Monticello and is 85% contained. Officials say they also expect full containment there by August 15. 
  • Five miles east of Beaver, the Skull Flat Fire has been burning since June 18 when it was ignited by a lightning strike. It has consumed 1,630 acres and is 95% contained.

Utah is on track for a mild wildfire season thanks to heavy precipitation this past winter and spring according to Jason Curry, spokesperson for Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands.

But Utahns shouldn’t count on the wet winter and spring to be a magic bullet for fire season this year. Curry said that thunderstorms bring high winds and dry lightning and could pose additional fire management challenges.

See the latest active wildfires and projects map from Utah Wildfire Info below.

Source: Utah Wildfire Info (utahfireinfo.gov)