Fire Suppression Efforts Begin on Babylon Wildfire within Manti-La Sal National Forest

Manti-La Sal National Forest fire officials are currently engaged in wildfire activity near Steamboat Point on the Monticello Ranger District, located west of Blanding, UT in San Juan County. The Babylon Fire, reported Friday, July 5, 2024, is approximately 50 acres, as of July 9, 2024.

Due to current weather and favorable conditions, moderate fire activity is expected as the fire continues to spread south through timber and heavy dead and down fuels. Fire crews are working to confine and contain the wildfire along Steamboat Point by utilizing direct and indirect fireline to encourage stable boundaries for fire containment. Many areas in the fire area have dangerous snags and difficult terrain, and fire tactics are determined first and foremost for the safety of firefighters.
Special considerations have been given to the sensitive management of the area while simultaneously utilizing fire for natural resources benefits including aspen stand regeneration, which will increase forest health in the area.

“We’d like to thank our interagency partners at the federal, state, tribal, and local level involved in managing the Babylon Fire. We sincerely appreciate the messages of support and trust we have received from the elected leadership of San Juan County and Tribal Nations.” – Michael Engelhart, District Ranger & Bears Ears National Monument Manager, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab/Monticello Ranger District.

This incident is currently receiving support from one Type 1 hotshot crew, two Type 2 initial attack crews, one engine, and one Type 3 helicopter. Additional resources will be ordered as necessary. Smoke is likely to be visible within Blanding, UT and across San Juan County. Please do not report. For public and firefighter safety, the public is asked to avoid the impacted areas.

There are currently no fire restrictions on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, however, dry conditions will continue throughout the area with increased temperatures. As a reminder, practice appropriate fire safety measures while traveling and recreating outdoors.

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