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Silver King Fire now burning across over 10,000 acres, areas evacuated

Jul 7, 2024, 11:59 AM | Updated: Jul 9, 2024, 3:38 pm

The Silver King Fire seen from above on July 7, 2024....

The Silver King Fire seen from above on July 7, 2024. (Utah Fire Info)

(Utah Fire Info)

BEAVER, Utah — The Silver King fire has spread across 10,000 acres, according to Gunnison Valley Fire Department. Residents of the Upper Bullion Canyon have been evacuated. 

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Silver King Fire

On Saturday, the Silver King Fire was around 686 acres, according to the UFI Facebook page. By Sunday morning, the fire doubled in size to 2,830 acres. Around 8:30 a.m. on the same day, the fire had doubled in size once again to 5,400 acres.

By around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night, the fire grew to over 10,000 acres. 

UFI said firefighters and aircrafts are both working to get ahead of the fire. Firefighters are using air tankers, helicopters, and ground resources to keep the public safe.

The fire is reported to be eight miles West of Marysvale and is suspected of being started due to a lightning strike. UFI has stated that there is a red flag warning in effect until 9 p.m. on Sunday.

“Today crews protected the Historic Silver King Mine and worked to catch spot fires in an attempt to prevent fire spread to the north,” UFI said. “Please avoid the areas of the Beaver Creek drainage and Bullion drainage to provide for the safety of firefighters and the public.”

Public response to Silver King fire

Gov. Spencer Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson both traveled to the location of the fire. 

 

Both met for a briefing to discuss the current state of the fire. 

 

Little Twist Fire

The Little Twist Fire, however, appears to be kept in check as of Saturday morning.

“Firefighters are working to improve existing firelines and keep things in check while interior pockets continue to burn within the perimeter,” UFI said in a Facebook post.

“Smoke will be visible in the South Creek area from both Beaver and Piute Counties.”

The Little Twist fire on July 7, 2024. (Utah Fire Info)

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Multiple historic mining structures threatened by Silver King Fire

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Silver King Fire now burning across over 10,000 acres, areas evacuated