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Emergency crews fighting forest fire in Deer Springs receive support from Type 1 helicopter

Emergency crews fighting forest fire in Deer Springs receive support from Type 1 helicopter

KANAB, Kane County Emergency crews battling wildlife in the Deer Springs area of ​​southern Utah received much-needed reinforcements on Wednesday.

According to Utah Fire Info, a Type 1 helicopter has arrived on scene.

“Type 1 rockets can deliver thousands of gallons of water or flame retardant with lightning speed and precision,” Utah Fire Info posted on X.

The fire south of Bryce Canyon National Park broke out on Sunday and spread rapidly on Monday.

As of Tuesday, the fire had reached 11,888 acres and was 10% contained.

According to the fire department, the fire appears to have been caused by humans. However, the fire investigation is still ongoing.

Currently, 154 people are fighting the fire with seven fire engines and three firefighting vehicles. In addition to the helicopter, several other aircraft are on site.

Deer Springs Fire spreads south of Bryce Canyon National Park

Road closures

According to Utah Interagency Fire, Skutumpah Road between Johnson Canyon Road and Lick Wash is open to local traffic only. The Nephi Pasture and Crocodile parking lots and Nephi Pasture Road are closed.

Evacuations

If evacuations become necessary, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office will notify residents through the Kane County Community Emergency Notification System on Everbridge, according to the UIF.

TThe Deer Springs wildfire rages in southern Utah. (Carter Mackley)