FEMA funds authorized to help fight Kane County’s Shingle Fire

Posted at 6:08 PM, Jul 01, 2012

Update July 6: The Shingle fire is 30 percent contained. Highway 14 is now open and Elk Ridge is open. via @kanecountyEM

Update July 5: The fire is at 8,200 acres and 10 percent containment.

Kane County fire officials met with residents to discuss evacuations:

Update July 3: The fire has grown to 5,400 acres. Investigators say the fire was human-caused by a faulty ATV park arrestor.

According to officials, road closures continue to be in effect on Highway 14 from Highway 89 to Mammoth Creek road, as well as numerous Forest Service road closures in the fire area. 

The fire started at 3:38 pm on Sunday July 1 and is currently at 0% containment.  Fire crews are diligently working day and night to protect life and property, keeping the public and firefighters safe is always the first priority.

Crews are working to secure the fire where 550 residences, 1 commercial property and 300 outbuildings are threatened. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized funds to help fight the fire.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.

Previous July 1: SWAINS CREEK, Kane County, Utah - Evacuations are in place after a wildfire sparked near Swains Creek Sunday evening.

The Shingle Fire is forcing mandatory evacuations in Swains Creek, Stout Canyon, Ponderosa and Elk Ridge subdivisions and the Harris Flat area. The wildfire has grown considerably in a short time and has forced the closure of Highway 14 from Mammoth Junction to Highway 89.

It has grown to approximately 2,400 acres as of Monday afternoon and is at zero containment.

For more information about evacuations, call the Kane County Sheriff's Office at 435-644-2349.