Daily Update - June 16
Incident: Lackey Fan Wildfire
Location: 3 miles North of La Sal, Utah – 20 miles SE of Moab
Size: 915 acres
Fuels: Brush, Slash, Mixed Conifer, Aspen
Observed Fire Behavior: Group-tree torching, ground spread
Assigned Resources: 9 crews (180 firefighters), 9 engines, 3 helicopters, misc. overhead personnel
Containment: 0% Reported - (Significant progress expected at the end of today’s shift)
Fire Situation: Lackey Fan is one of multiple fires ignited by dry lightning Thursday night and Friday morning, June 14, as thunderstorms moved across southeast Utah. Local crews suppressed a number of these fires, but wind and steep terrain caused the Lackey Fan Fire to quickly outpace firefighter efforts.
Great Basin Type II Incident Management Team 5 (Wilde) arrived in Moab Saturday night, June 15, to assist the Manti-La Sal National Forest in their efforts to suppress the 915-acre burn.
More engine crews and firefighters arrived Sunday morning, June 16, as the Great Basin team began its work from the Incident Command Post near La Sal Elementary School on Utah State Route 46.
Nine crews — about 180 firefighters — and nine engines have been assigned to the fire. Objectives for the fire include minimizing fire spread toward private land and reducing the potential impacts to the watershed and fishery resources in La Sal Creek and Coyote Springs. No structures were at imminent risk, and no roads closures are currently in effect.
Agencies involved in managing the multiple fires are the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Utah Division of Forestry, San Juan County and Carbon County.