Two wildfires continue to burn in southeast Utah
By Jessica Miller
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Jun 20 2013 08:11AM
Though a red flag warning indicating high fire danger has been issued for eastern and southern Utah on Thursday, only two major fires were burning on Utah landscapes.
The Dark Canyon Fire in Manti-La Sal National Forest has burned about 350 acres in the Dark Canyon Wilderness, about 25 miles west of Monticello, in San Juan County. It was about 65 percent contained Thursday evening, and crews hope to have the lightning-caused blaze fully contained by Saturday afternoon.
To the northeast, the Lackey Fan Fire, also in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, continued to burn about three miles northwest of La Sal. A lightning strike last week ignited that blaze, which had burned about 929 acres. Fire crews reached 85 percent containment on that blaze by Thursday.
Fire crews had full containment Wednesday on the Rock Creek Fire, a lightning-sparked blaze burning about 15 miles east of East Carbon City. The fire, which burned about 181 acres of steep, rugged terrain, was contained by Wednesday afternoon, according to Jason Johnson, southeast area manager for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, but a skeleton crew remained in place there in case of flare-ups.