Plea For Extreme Caution After Monarch Fire and Human Caused Pow Wow Fire
By Kristin Forbis, Jun 8, 2021
A pair of fires over the weekend has officials urging the public to use extreme caution to prevent wildfires this dangerous season. Concerning the Monarch Fire and Pow Wow Fire over the weekend, the BIA Uintah and Ouray Division of Forestry & Wildland Fire shared the following: This weekend the Uintah & Ouray Division of Forestry and Wildland Fire responded to two wildland fires. The Monarch Fire was reported on Saturday afternoon just east of Bluebell on the south end of Monarch Ridge. This fire was due to a lightning strike and was held to one-quarter acre. Altamont Volunteer Fire Department responded and was instrumental in stopping the spread of the fire. The Pow Wow Fire was reported Sunday afternoon along Highway 40 at the Fort Duchesne pow wow grounds. The fire was held to one acre despite the extremely dry fuels and windy conditions. Roosevelt Volunteer Fire Department responded with three fire units and stopped the fire from approaching a nearby structure. The Pow Wow Fire has been determined to be human-caused and is under investigation. Please be extremely careful when in the outdoors especially with fire or anything that may cause a spark. "Only You" can help and make a difference.