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Left Fork Fire grows in size to 2,600 acres

Video: Family evacuates while camping in area
Posted at 6:49 PM, Jun 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-20 14:08:47-04

GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah — Favorable wind conditions Monday have allowed firefighting aircraft to engage a wildfire located southwest of Bryce Canyon National Park.

The Left Fork Fire was reignited after mop-up and containment appeared to have been completed in May.

The fire was human-caused — specifically, from a prescribed fire that was intended to remove logging slash piles on April 7.

High winds contributed to renewed fire activity Saturday afternoon.

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Fire officials said Monday that it was about 5 percent contained at 2,608 acres.

Smoke from the fire has been visible from Bryce Canyon and the surrounding area, but it is not threatening the park or any structures. No evacuation orders are in place, but state wildfire officials said some campers have left the area voluntarily.

There have not been any injuries.