Kolob Fire Information June 28, 8 a.m.
The Kolob Fire is north of Virgin, UT on BLM, NPS, state, and private land. The fire did not grow much in the last 24 hours and remains about 17,632 acres. A horse trailer, two out buildings, two vehicles, and a cabin have been burned. There are no other structural losses. There have been three minor firefighter injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Resources Fighting the Fire
Fifteen engines, two helicopters, three heavy air tankers, five single engine air tankers (SEATS), three water trucks, and 240 firefighters (12 crews) are on the fire. A type II incident command team, working out
of the LaVerkin Elementary School is managing operations. Total personnel on the fire are 462. Structure protection for Springdale and Rockville is in place. Today a portable water tank will be placed on Anasazi Plateau as a water source for helicopters.
SR9 is open. The Kolob Terrace Road is restricted to fire traffic only. All other roads in the park are open.
Zion National Park and Springdale are open.
All trails connected to the Kolob Terrace Road and in the Southwest Desert in the park are closed:
Hop Valley Trail
Wildcat Canyon Trail
Left Fork (Subway) and Right Fork of North Creek
Dalton Wash Trail
Coal Pits Wash
Closures do not currently affect the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, the shuttle, or the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway and tunnel.
All areas in the fire are closed to all non-fire personnel. This includes park employees, researchers, residents, and visitors.
Today's Weather Forecast
Weather for firefighting has become more favorable with increased cloud cover, lower temperatures, and higher humidity. Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy. Widely scattered thunderstorms possible in the
afternoon. Maximum temperature: 94-97 degrees. Minimum humidity: 16-19%. Winds: SW 5-15, withgusty erratic winds near thunderstorms.
Yesterday was a good day. The fire is 40% contained. Fire behavior has moderated and the potential for fire spread has decreased. The most active portion of the fire is in the NW section. The fire line is secure along the west, south and east portions. Today crews will mop up along the west, south, and east portions. The most effort will be along the north perimeter to keep the fire from spreading in that direction.
Currently the line is being held south of The Subway. Containment is estimated for 8 p.m., Saturday. The chance of success is good.