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‘Meadow Creek Fire’ burning 1,200 acres in Millard County

Posted at 3:00 PM, Sep 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 09:13:54-04

MEADOW, Utah — Crews are battling a fire burning east of Meadow in Millard County, dubbed the “Meadow Creek Fire,” that has burned at least 1,200 acres with no containment.

The U.S. Forest Service said the blaze was caused by a lightning strike early Sunday morning. It ignited in dry grass on private property and quickly spread to BLM land and then National Forest Land, where it continues to burn.

At about 9 p.m. Sunday, the blaze was estimated at 1,200 acres with no containment.

Kourtney Bradshaw, a spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service, said winds from the south are impacting the fire, which is burning in an area fueled by very dry grass, shrubbery and conifers.

“The wind is definitely driving this fire and it’s what drove it from the very beginning,” Bradshaw said. “Currently, it’s just really dry — being dry, of course the fuels are being consumed as well as the winds.”

More than 100 personnel are fighting the fire using fire engines, brush fire equipment and planes and helicopters to drop water and flame retardant.

“A Type-3 team has been ordered and they should be in place this evening,” said Bradshaw. “A Type-3 team will have your IC, operations, planning, logistics, public information, GIS — they will then assimilate a plan in operations for tomorrow [Monday] morning.”

As of 9:30 Sunday night, there are no structures at risk and no evacuations are in place.