MILLARD COUNTY, Utah, July 9, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Halfway Hill Fire grew to 6,640 acres Saturday afternoon. Millard County’s other wildfire, Dry Creek, spans about 1,200 acres.
Triple-digit temperatures on Saturday, along with low humidity and winds, are working against firefighters battling the blazes.
“Red flag warning weather conditions are expected today,” Utah Fire Info said in a Saturday morning tweet of the Dry Creek Fire.
“It will be very hot (100 degrees), windy (25°C with gusts at 35 km/h) and dry (RH up to 5%)!
“Besides protecting homes and communities, we’re also trying to protect habitat for wildlife like these guys.”
“Moderate fire growth was observed on the #HalfwayHillFire last night,” says a Saturday morning tweet from Utah Fire Info.
On Saturday afternoon, the agency posted an update:
#HalfwayHillFire is estimated at 6640 acres. Erratic gusts of wind tied down fixed-wing air assets. Below is a video of a Type 1 helicopter coming out of “pumpkins” to suppress the flames. #kmyffsl pic.twitter.com/4iiF4NRle8
— Utah Wildfire News (@UtahWildfire) July 9, 2022
Dry Creek Fire
The Dry Creek Fire, the second largest in about 1,200 acres, closed several roads to traffic on Saturday.
“Road and area closures for the Dry Creek Fire include Oak Creek, Dry Creek and Fool Creek Roads,” said a Utah Fire Info statement released Saturday morning.
Overview of wildfires
Wildfires active in Utah on July 9, 2022. Image: Utah Fire Info/Gephardt DailyTotal Wildfires in Utah are listed, from north to south, below:
North Bay fireBox Elder County: 0.5 acres. Cause unknown, started July 8.
Dry Creek FireMillard County: 1,200 acres. Cause unknown, started July 8.
Halfway fireMillard County: 6,640 acres. Cause unknown, reported July 8.
Rowing mill fireGarfield County: 2 acres. Man-made, reported July 8.
KanarravilleIron County: 9.5 acres. Man-made, reported July 6.