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Porcupine Fire road closures lifted, some hot spots remain

Although a few trees like this one are still on burning within the perimeter of the Porcupine Ridge fire, Sanpete Ranger Kyle Beagley says the fire activity has become "basically non-existent." Closures on  roads and trails in the vicinity have been lifted.
Although a few trees like this one are still on burning within the perimeter of the Porcupine Ridge fire, Sanpete Ranger Kyle Beagley says the fire activity has become “basically non-existent.” Closures on roads and trails in the vicinity have been lifted.

 

Porcupine Fire road closures lifted, some hot spots remain

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

9-22-2016

 

MAYFIELD CANYON—Road and trail closures in the vicinity of the Porcupine Ridge fire have been lifted, and the fire is currently being managed by a skeleton crew, says Kyle Beagley, Sanpete District ranger for the U.S. Forest Service.

Beagley explained the fire has been put on monitor status, which is where a small number of fire fighters monitor the progress of the fire activity, which Beagley says is “basically non-existent.”

“The potential is low but still exists for small hot spots within the perimeter of the fire,” Beagley said. “Also hazardous burnt standing trees within the fire’s interior exist, so we will be posting laminated signs around the perimeter to warn and notify the public of these potential hazards. Public and firefighter safety has always been number one priority on this fire.”

The closure orders expired on Thursday, Sept. 15. Beagley says the Forest Service does not see a need to revise or renew them.

“I would like to thank you and everyone that has been involved with this fire in any way,” Beagley said. “I understand the inconvenience that fire can place on folks, and I hope that we can be effective in letting wildfire play its natural role where and when it makes sense to do so.

“As I look back on the Porcupine Fire, I am impressed by the cooperation and partnerships that were fostered between the Forest Service, Sanpete and Sevier Counties, the State of Utah, Mayfield , many local food vendors, municipal fire personnel and equipment, etc., Beagley said.

“We have a lot of local resources and it’s very impressive to witness what gets accomplished when they all work together!”