14 confirmed arson fires in Manti-La Sal National Forest | KUTV Utah

(KUTV) — (UPDATE 9/8/20 9:26 a.m.) — The U.S. Forest Service released the following update regarding the arson in the Manti-La Sal National Forest:

There are currently 14 confirmed fire spots, all started between 1-5 am Saturday morning. These were intentionally set fires, not caused by dragging chains, abandoned campfires, etc. No new fires have been started in relation to this event. A few people reported smelling smoke around 3 am, and most of the phone calls reporting the fires came in around 6 am by hunters. The fire crews are working diligently to ensure the fires do not spread. There has been no growth from the existing fires, all the containment lines are holding and crews continue to monitor the burn areas. Fire crews consist of Manti-La Sal National Forest fire fighters, additional Forest Service and State resources, and support from Manti City, Spring City, Mt. Pleasant and San Pete County fire warden. No restrictions or evacuations are in place, the area is open and passable. Please stress to your audience that the Manti-La Sal National Forest is under fire restrictions due to extremely dry conditions. Campfires are only permitted in developed recreation areas like campgrounds and picnic areas, in metal or concrete structures built by the Forest Service. Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are also allowed on the Forest.”(KUTV) — Authorities are seeking information regarding a string of suspicious fires that occurred in Sanpete County, between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., on Sunday.

Source: UPDATE: 14 confirmed arson hot spots in Manti-La Sal National Forest | KUTV