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Left Fork Fire continues to grow as evacuation recommendations remain

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jun 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-22 14:16:37-04

KANE COUNTY, Utah — Officials are continuing to recommended that residents in a community near Bryce Canyon National Park evacuate due to the Left Fork Fire burning nearby.

Raw video from below from Brian Barsness shows crews battling the Left Fork Fire

Left Fork Fire raw video

On Wednesday, the fire had grown to nearly 4,000 acres and was still only 5% contained. Fire officials said a decrease in temperatures and increase in humidity could help firefighters make progress on the perimeter.

Fifty structures are currently threatened by the fire which jumped the dozer and handline that had been created on the southwest corner of the blaze.

Kane County Emergency Services said its incident management team recommended evacuation Tuesday for the Bryce Woodlands Estates. The community appears to be a handful of cabins and campsites on a dirt road off Highway 89, just south of the town of Hatch.

"Due to increased wind and fire behavior, the fire has crossed the fire lines on the southwest corner," the county agency wrote. "Fire managers make this recommendation as a precaution for both firefighter and public safety if the fire continues to progress in that direction."

Police and fire officials are notifying the residents of Bryce Woodlands and helping them to evacuate.

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