Roc Fire transitions back to the local unit

Moab, Utah, July 3, 2020 – Thanks to the hard work by firefighters, the Roc Fire is now at 100% containment. Due to the significant progress, the Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition command of the fire back to the local unit today.

While nearly all the perimeter of the fire is contained, pockets of interior heat continue to burn. Firefighters and engines will remain assigned to the fire, working to extinguish these areas and patrol for smoke throughout the holiday weekend.

Fire managers want to emphasize that the area and road closures will remain in place until at least July 8, 2020. With the interior of the fire still active, as well as crews working on the ground, the area still poses a risk to the public. Violating the closures could endanger their lives and that of the firefighters.

Drivers in the area are asked to respect the closure, and exercise caution near the area due to fire activity. The Buckeye Campground will remain closed until July 8, 2020. Fire managers will reevaluate the orders at that time.  The current closures are posted here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/mantilasal/news-events

The Roc Fire is located near Buckeye Reservoir, approximately five miles northwest of Paradox, Colorado. It was ignited by lightning on June 26, 2020 and grew quickly due to extreme dry conditions and high winds.

As a reminder through the holiday weekend, we will be under Red Flag weather conditions. There are current fire restrictions in place on the Manti-La Sal National Forest for the Moab/Monticello Ranger Districts. Campfires are limited to metal or concrete structures, constructed by the Forest Service, at developed recreation sites like campgrounds and picnic areas. Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are allowed on the Forest.

Firefighters make progress on the Roc Fire

Moab, Utah, July 2, 2020 – With an increase in containment to 60%, fire managers are optimistic at the progress being made on the Roc Fire. Crews working the edge of the fire, as well as in the interior, are putting out any hot spots that continue to burn. Fire acreage remains at 210 acres.

Michael Engelhart, Moab/Monticello District Ranger, states “Thank you to Montrose County and visitors for understanding and abiding by the closures. We’ve seen minimal traffic in the area, and visitors have been respectful of the regulations so firefighters can do their jobs.”

Road and area closures remain in place on this part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest for public and firefighter safety. Drivers in the area are asked to respect the closure, and exercise caution due to fire activity. The Buckeye Campground will remain closed until July 8, 2020. Fire managers will reevaluate the orders at that time. The current closures are posted here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/mantilasal/news-events

A minor injury was reported yesterday on the fire, when a firefighter tripped in rocky terrain. Necessary precaution was taken to transport the firefighter to the local hospital to be assessed. The result was a slight sprain and cut, with no other injuries reported.

The Roc Fire is located near Buckeye Reservoir, approximately five miles northwest of Paradox, Colorado. It was ignited by lightning on June 26, 2020 and grew quickly due to extreme dry conditions and high winds.

As a reminder, current fire restrictions are in place on the Manti-La Sal National Forest for the Moab/Monticello Ranger Districts. Campfires are limited to metal or concrete structures, constructed by the Forest Service, at developed recreation sites like campgrounds and picnic areas. Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are allowed on the Forest.

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Fire Crews Continue Working on the Roc Fire

Moab, Utah, July 1, 2020 – Fire crews are making significant progress on the Roc Fire near Buckeye Reservoir. The fire has seen no growth since Sunday, despite dry and windy conditions. The fire acreage held at 210 acres, and is 40% contained.

Yesterday fire crews saw cooler temperatures and higher humidity, which helped with fire suppression. A small amount of rain fell on the fire as well. The weather continues to be hot and dry in the forecast.

Engines are working hotspots along the edge of the fire to assure the fireline holds. Handcrews are mopping up the interior of the fire, putting out any areas that continue to smolder. Heat sources are still smoking in large stumps and fallen logs. Aircraft is on site to drop buckets of water as needed by the crews. Very little smoke is visible due to minimal fire activity.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest has placed a closure in the area for public and firefighter safety. Drivers in the area are asked to respect the closure, and exercise caution due to fire activity. The Buckeye Campground will remain closed until July 8, 2020. Fire managers will reevaluate the closures at that time.  The current closures are posted here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/mantilasal/news-events

The fire is located near Buckeye Reservoir, approximately five miles northwest of Paradox, Colorado. It was ignited by lightning on June 26, 2020 and accelerated due to extreme dry conditions and high winds.

As a reminder, current fire restrictions are in place on the Manti-La Sal National Forest for the Moab/Monticello ranger districts. Campfires are limited to metal or concrete structures, constructed by the Forest Service, at developed recreation sites like campgrounds and picnic areas. Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are allowed on the Forest.

Roc Fire perimeter holding despite Red Flag warning

Moab, Utah, June 30, 2020- Despite high winds on the Roc Fire the last two days, no growth occurred. The fire acreage held at 210 acres, and is at 20% containment.

Handcrews and engines are working hotspots along the edge of the fire line. The interior continues to burn, with mostly creeping and smoldering fire behavior. Aircraft is on site to drop buckets of water, as needed by the crews. Local communities may see smoke from the fire, but no structures are threatened.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest has placed a closure in the area for public and firefighter safety. Drivers in the area are asked to respect the closure, and exercise caution due to fire activity. The Buckeye Campground will remain closed until July 8, 2020. Fire managers will reevaluate the closures at that time.  The current closures are posted here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/mantilasal/news-events

The fire is located near Buckeye Reservoir, approximately five miles northwest of Paradox, Colorado. It was ignited by lightning on June 26, 2020 and accelerated due to extreme dry conditions and high winds.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area to protect pilots. This closure includes drones and other Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

As a reminder, current fire restrictions are in place on the Manti-La Sal National Forest for the Moab/Monticello ranger districts. Campfires are limited to metal or concrete structures, constructed by the Forest Service, at developed recreation sites like campgrounds and picnic areas. Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are allowed on the Forest.


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