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Pack Creek Fire near Moab burns structures, forces evacuations

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Posted at 10:11 AM, Jun 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-10 19:54:10-04

PACK CREEK, Utah — The wildfire burning in the small community of Pack Creek near Moab has now grown to 650 acres and prompted larger evacuations after having burned at nearby structures.

Officials say the fire was human-caused, started by an unattended campfire.

The community of Pack Creek, Warner Lake Campground and Oowah Lake Campground have been evacuated.

A temporary shelter has been set up at the La Sal Community Center for those people who have been displaced.

The La Sal Mt. Loop Road, including the Geyser pass, is closed until Warner cut off.

San Juan County says the fire continued to burn overnight and has reached the bridge at Pack Creek.

It has burned at least 650 acres and is zero percent contained as of mid-morning Thursday.

One structure and a pool house have been burned.

Multiple ground and air crews are battling the fire, but winds have picked up and gusts of 40 MPH and higher are expected by afternoon.

There could be additional road closures in the area, including the La Sal Pass road and trail ways.

The Sheriff’s Office is working to establish a command post on the La Sal Loop road where residents can go for information.

If you need to utilize the temporary shelter, or have other urgent concerns, contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 435-587-2237.

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