Mokaac Fire reached 20% containment

July 10, 2018 - 5:09 pm

Start Date: Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:10 p.m. 

Location: 15 Miles south of St. George, Utah

Jurisdiction: Arizona Strip Field Office, Bureau of Land Management

Fire Size: Estimated at 2,000 acres. (Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field). 

Cause: Lightning 

Closures: No closures at this time

Fuels: Short grass, brush 

Structures: No structures threatened. Fire managers are requesting the public’s assistance by traveling cautiously on the 1069 Quail Road and avoid travel on the 1038 road to allow fire resources to access the fire.

Fire Crews/Resources: Local resources on scene are 4 engines, an aerial supervision aircraft (Air Attack), 4sSingle engine air tankers (SEATS), one Type 2 and one Type 3 helicopter, one heavy air tanker. One Type 2 Initial Attack crew is in route. 

Containment: 20%

Drone use near or over fires is prohibited: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urge members of the public not to fly “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” or drones over or near wildfires. Unauthorized drone flights pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. If an unauthorized drone is detected flying over or near a wildfire, fire managers may have to ground all air tankers, helicopters, and other aerial firefighting aircraft until they can confirm that the drone has left the area. This can cause wildfires to become larger and more costly and unduly threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources. Aerial firefighting aircraft, such as air tankers and helicopters, fly at very low altitudes, typically just a couple of hundred feet above the ground and in the same airspace as drones flown by the public. This creates the potential for a mid-air collision, or a pilot distraction that results in a crash, that could seriously injure or kill aerial and/or ground firefighters. To keep drone pilots aware of flight restrictions, the FAA has developed an easy-to-use smartphone app called B4UFLY. The app helps drone pilots determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly. B4UFLY is available for free download in the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android. Additional information is available at https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/b4ufly/

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Basic Information

Current as of: 7/10/2018, 2:55:48 PM

Incident Type: Wildfire

Cause: Lightning

Date of Origin: Sunday July 08th, 2018 approx. 05:10 PM

Location: 15 miles south of St. George, Utah

Incident Commander: Colter Richards

Coordinates: 36.898 latitude, -113.614 longitude

Current Situation

Size: 1,650 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained: 80%

Fuels Involved

Burning in short grass and brush.

 

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