VEYO, Utah, Aug. 9, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The Saddle Fire in the Lloyd’s Canyon area of Pine Valley is now 100 percent contained, according to officials.
The fire, which had been burning for nearly two months, burned 2,229 acres in all, but recent rainfall helped dramatically, according to a post from the U. S. Forest Service on Facebook.
Pine Valley is approximately 30 miles north of St. George and 14 miles north of Veyo in southwest Utah.
“Last week’s storms delivered much needed rain to the Saddle Fire in Pine Valley,” the Facebook post reads. “Fire managers have called the fire 100 percent contained.
“Thank you to the community of Pine Valley, Pine Valley Volunteer Fire Department, State of Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Color Country Interagency Fire, and many others that assisted with this fire. We greatly appreciate the support.”
The Saddle Fire in the Lloyd’s Canyon area flared and began burning down a mountainside on June 23, leading fire crews to call for voluntary evacuations for residents of all of Pine Valley.
The fire spread to within a half of a mile of 185 structures, 100 of them homes.
The Saddle Fire began on June 13 with a lightning strike on Saddle Mountain.
Crews also faced issues with drones, forcing all aerial operations to be suspended on at least three separate occasions.