MANTI-LA SAL NATIONAL FOREST — Local authorities turned back hikers and backpackers Friday after a fire in the Dark Canyon Wilderness began to spread.
Sandy Nelson of the Moab Interagency Fire Center said the fire reached 100 acres Friday night and was growing.
"Our biggest priority right now is anybody that's in there hiking (or) backpacking," Nelson said. "(We're) trying to identify who might be there and get them out and then keeping other people from coming in."
Nelson said they were not aware of the Dark Canyon Fire until Friday afternoon because they were working on other fires in the area, like the Lackey Fan Fire that had burned more than 800 acres by Friday night.
She said the remote area makes it challenging to get hikers out safely. They have asked for the help of law enforcement to keep people out until they know the fire direction.
"Most people would have situational awareness and they would be aware if there's a fire, they throw out a lot of smoke," she said. "We're just trying to get people out of harms way there so we can get resources there."
Nelson said the only concern for structure damage in the area is the Gooseberry Forest Service Ranger Station at the top of the Abajo Mountain Range.
— Emilee Eagar
- Utah delegation urges Obama to refrain from...
- Smithfield teen makes Valentine's Day special...
- Scalia's death leaves major void in high...
- Giant Kennecott dump trucks are sporting an...
- France bestows highest honor on Utah veteran
- 3 seriously injured in multi-vehicle crash on...
- Lee, Stewart urge action on behalf of BYU...
- Millcreek man found dead near Saltair was...
- Utah delegation urges Obama to refrain... 38
- Manti man indicted in Oregon... 36
- IRS raids properties with possible... 21
- Lee, Stewart urge action on behalf of... 18
- Ex-judge asks Obama to commute sentence... 14
- State: EPA didn't clue in Utah on San... 12
- Summit County wants rewrite of Bishop's... 11
- Cheerleaders for Medicaid expansion ask... 9