Fastest weather helps crews fight left fork fire

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Calmer winds allow firefighting planes to return.

(Utah Fire Info) The left fork fire has spread to more than 2,600 acres and is only 5% contained.

The Left Fork Fire continues to burn in the Dixie National Forest, but there is good news – winds have died down, allowing firefighting planes to resume battling the blaze. Two helicopters and four tanker planes joined 145 ground crew on Monday morning.

According to Utah Interagency Fire, the blaze has spread to 2,608 acres and remained only 5% contained as of noon Monday. There is no estimate of when it will be contained. But the blaze, which is about 10 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon City, caused no injuries, damaged, destroyed or threatened any structures and prompted no evacuations. Some campers voluntarily left the area, but were not ordered to do so.

The fire was man-made, according to firefighters. It began on May 9 when a prescribed burn got out of control, but it is believed to have been contained after burning around 100 acres. The blaze reignited on Saturday, however, when high winds fanned the embers.

Left Fork Fire Burns through a mixture of conifers and ponderosa pines with a high concentration of dead and/or fallen trees. It is moving northeast and has crossed the middle fork of Blubber Creek.

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