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  • Twitchell Canyon Fire Update: Road Closures Lifeted - 44,874 -acres Burned - 76% Contained
    by John Calabrese, Contributor
    Published - 10/06/10 - 06:01 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Twitchell Canyon Fire smoldering under tree canopy (NFS photo)
    Twitchell Canyon Fire smoldering under tree canopy (NFS photo)
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    (Beaver, UT) - Firefighters have suspended operations to finish controlling the fire and repairing damage from fire suppression operations. They will resume operations once the extended wet weather ends and allows firefighters to safely travel and work. Wet, muddy roads and slick footing present safety hazards.

    Wednesday, October 6, the suppression opertion was down sized to 206 firefighters. There have been 31 injuries since the start of the fire of which one-third were minor body injuries the balance were general respiratory issues. No serious injuries resulting in lost time have occurred.

    All roads closed because of the Twitchell Canyon fire are now open for public travel.

    Officials cautioned travelers to expect unusual conditions. Travelers are warned about the following:

    * Expect to see smoke and fire. There’s no need to call 911. You may see smoldering trees or logs for a while.

    • Smoke can pool in low areas especially in the morning.

    • Falling trees--fire can weaken trees and they will fall SILENTLY! Be aware of your surroundings and avoid areas with burned trees.

    • Firefighters working: You may get delayed on a road because of firefighter traffic. Please be patient, watch for firefighters on foot.

    • Road work: Watch for repair work on roads, trails, and fire lines. Some culverts may need to be replaced.

    • Slick roads and trails: recent rains have made for muddy roads and trails. Avoid making ruts, they only make erosion worse.

    • Creek water can rise quickly. Rains can trigger floods and mudslides. Be aware of conditions, take care with where you park your vehicle and make your camp.

    Meantime, the Twitchell Canyon fire's base camp, fire crews, and other support persons are being demobilized because of rainy weather. A small contingent will return once the weather allows operations to resume to repair damage from firefighting operations and complete other work on the fire.
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