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Willow Creek Fire

Unit Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
857 West South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095

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Incident Contacts

Sierra Hellstrom
Email: srhellstrom@fs.fed.us
Phone: 801-940-4935

Brenda Bushell
Email: bbushell@fs.fed.us
Phone: 435-640-5301
Hours: M-F 9-5pm SS 10-2pm

Highlighted Activity

06/15/2018 AREA CLOSURE STILL IN EFFECT
A reminder that the area closure is STILL IN EFFECT for the Willow Creek Fire due to active fire. Extra patrols will be in place throughout the weekend to enforce the closure. Help our firefighters...
Announcement - 06/15/2018

The Willow Creek Fire, 1301 acres, 41% Containment, is located north of Highway 40 and Strawberry Reservoir on the Heber-Kamas Ranger District. The fire was reported on June 6th, lightning cause. Currently there are no threats to structures, powerlines, etc. Firefighters are using confine and contain techniques on this fire to help regenerate aspen growth, minimize fire effects in critical sage grouse habitat, and firefighter and public safety. Fire is burning in heavy timber with thick understory.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginWednesday June 06th, 2018 approx. 06:15 PM
Location20 miles SE of Heber, UT off Highway 40
Incident CommanderJames Turner ICT3 Nate Siemers ICT3 (T)
Incident DescriptionConfine And Contain
Coordinates40.307 latitude, -111.188 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel91
Size1,301 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained49%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 11th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, Mixed conifer and aspen. Fire is currently burning in the conifer stands mixed within the Aspen stands and creeping in the Aspen stands.

Significant Events

Active

Outlook

Planned Actions

Targeting encroaching mixed conifer in the Aspen stands. Resources will prep Bjorkman Hollow Road, Willow Creek Trail, and Strawberry River Road for containment. Resources will continue to hold Co-op Creek trail.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal fire growth due to 100 and 1000 hour fuels having consumed them. Type 2 IA and Type 1 IHC crews will continue prep and chipping on Bjorkman Hollow Road, and 1 engine will be holding Co-op Creek trail. 1 engine will be finishing off prep on Willow Creek Trail. 1 engine will be available IA from Div A

24 hours: Minimal fire growth due to 100 and 1000 hour fuels having consumed them. Type 2 IA and Type 1 IHC crews will continue prep and chipping on Bjorkman Hollow Road, and 1 engine will be holding Co-op Creek trail. 1 engine will be finishing off prep on Willow Creek Trail. 1 engine will be available IA from Div A

48 hours: Minimal fire growth due to fuels having consumed in the mixed conifer. 1 engine will be holding Willow Creek drainage. Type 2 IA, Type 1 crew, and 1 engine will be finishing Bjorkman Hollow prep work.

72 hours: Minimal fire growth due to fuels having consumed in the mixed conifer. 1 engine will be holding Willow Creek drainage. Type 2 IA, Type 1 crew, and 1 engine will be finishing Bjorkman Hollow prep work.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Depending on anticipated weather and we will reassess resource needs for the incident. Ordering Feller Buncher to reduce fuel along Bjorkman Hollow Road to strengthen containment lines

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A very dry and stable air mass has settled in over the area. A warming and drying trend is expected for the next couple of days with some moisture returning later in the week. Winds becoming West-South Westerly and the Haines Index moderate.