Crews fighting Deer Springs wildfire receive assistance of type 1 helicopter

Jul 11, 2024, 6:00 AM

A Type 1 helicopter arrived on scene of the Deer Springs fire in southern Utah....

A Type 1 helicopter arrived on scene of the Deer Springs fire in southern Utah. (National Interagency Fire Center)

(National Interagency Fire Center)

KANAB, Kane County  Crews fighting the Deer Springs wildfire in southern Utah received a much-needed resource on Wednesday.

According to Utah Fire Info, a type 1 helicopter has arrived on scene. 

“Type-1s can rapidly deploy thousands of gallons of water or retardant with pinpoint accuracy,” Utah Fire Info posted on X.


The Deer Springs fire, located south of Bryce Canyon National Park, started up on Sunday. The fire rapidly grew in size on Monday.

As of Tuesday, the fire was at 11,888 acres in size and at 10% containment.

According to fire officials, the fire appears to be human-caused. However, the investigation into the fire is to ongoing.

There are 154 people currently fighting the fire with seven engines and three water tender trucks. In addition to the helicopter, there are several other aircrafts on scene.

Road closures

According to Utah Interagency Fire, Skutumpah Road between Johnson Canyon Road and Lick Wash is open to resident traffic only. Nephi Pasture and Crocodile parking lots closed, along with Nephi Pasture Road.


If evacuations become necessary, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office will notify residents through the Kane County’s Community Emergency Notification System on Everbridge, according to UIF.

Read the full story at KSLTV.com

Related: Fire near Bryce Canyon quickly reaches 11,000 acres in size

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Crews fighting Deer Springs wildfire receive assistance of type 1 helicopter