Wildfire on Antelope Island State Park (Update)

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End of summer view of Frary PeakView of Frary Peak © 2012

Yesterday evening as I sat at home at my desk I heard thunder and the crack of lightning and I cringed because because this is the time of the year that dry lightning can easily cause wildfires here in the west. The grasses here are now quite dry, including the cheatgrass on the island, and fires can literally explode with so much dry fuel and I thought about that after I heard the lightning crack.

Friday evening a wildfire started on Antelope Island State Park several miles northwest of Fielding Garr Ranch. The cause is thought to be lightning. So far the campgrounds are not threatened but several of the group campgrounds at White Rock Bay were evacuated to make room for firefighters. This morning they will begin to actively fight the fire.

I sincerely hope that no one attempts to fly their drones over the wildfire on the island because drones risk the safety of the firefighters in the air. But know this… Utah passed a new law that allows authorities to shoot down, disable and jam the drones signals and crash them when they feel it is needed. So all that money spent on the drone & camera will be lost. Additionally the operator of drones near wildfires could be fined up to $2,500 plus jail time if a drone flying near a fire stops aircraft from flying or dropping water or retardant.

Personally, I applaud the new laws concerning drones over wildfires.

Utah will let authorities disable drones near wildfires

Fire burns 300 acres on Antelope Island; Pioneer Day event canceled

Wildfire Burning on West Side of Antelope Island

Twitter: #WestAntelope

I hope the fire is put out quickly and safely today and that not one idiot tries to fly their drone over the fire. Let’s also hope the wind doesn’t kick up today.

The trails on the island are closed as is Fielding Garr Ranch. I imagine the Antelope Island State Park Facebook page will have updates soon.

7:05 am MT, 8,000 acres have now been burned of the 28,800 acre park.

12:00 pm MT, 10,000 acres have now burned. Winds are an issue. 

8:30 pm MT, 13,740 acres burned.

Mia

7 Comments

  1. Lois Bryan July 24, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Be safe …

  2. Elephant's Child July 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I am so sorry. Fires are a scary fact in our summers. And are too often deliberately lit.
    I hope this one can be controlled quickly.

  3. Grace Dunklee Cohen July 23, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I hope the fire gets extinguished quickly and causes the least impact possible to the island’s special flora & fauna! As much as we photographers like to nail that extra-dramatic shot, firefighters – who risk their lives everywhere -should always have unobstructed access to fighting fires. Glad to hear about Utah’s law and hope it gets adopted everywhere.

  4. April Olson July 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I had the same thoughts when I saw the lightning, then I heard about the fire. Yesterdays winds were strong, I hope we don’t have them again today it will make the fire fighting difficult.

  5. Carol July 23, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Hope the fires are extinguished quickly and no one is hurt.

  6. Bob McPherson July 23, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Beautiful photos, Mia. Sad news about the fire.

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