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Dollar Ridge Fire

Unit Information

Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands
1594 W North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Incident Contacts

Dollar Ridge Fire Information
Email: dollar.ridge.2018@gmail.com
Phone: 435-738-0037
Hours: Daily, 8 am-8 pm.

Jason Curry
Email: jasoncurry@utah.gov
Phone: 801-538-7302

Highlighted Activity

07/23/2018 Duchesne and Wasatch Counties Reduce Evacuation Levels
Wasatch County will decrease their evacuation level in County Evacuation Zone W1 to a pre-evacuation level today; July 23 at 8 a.m. Duchesne County will also remove Evacuation Zones D1, D2 and D4...
Closure - 07/23/2018
National Forest and Road closure mapImage options: [ Full Size ]

A transfer of command from Great Basin Team 5 to a smaller incident management organization, led by Incident Commander, James Turner, will occur Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. The new organization is responsible for managing the remaining uncontained fire and completing suppression repair work. This work may take an additional week to finish. This will be the final update for the Dollar Ridge Fire unless significant activity occurs.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires cause damage that require special efforts to prevent flooding, mudflows and other downstream effects.

One tool land managers use to assess effects from a fire is a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team. On July 20, a BAER team arrived on the Dollar Ridge Fire to collect information about the burned area. Their goal is to use this information to provide a Burned Area Emergency Response evaluation that identifies actions agencies can take to protect life, property, water quality, and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage.

Seven primary people for the U.S. Forest Service and State of Utah make up the core Dollar Ridge Fire BAER Team. In addition, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have similar resources coordinating with the Team. In total, they have expertise in hydrology, soil science, geology, and engineering. The BAER team’s work should take about a week to complete. When they finish, they will leave a Burned Area Report with the U.S Forest Service, State Forestry Fire and State Lands, NRCS, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Duchesne and Wasatch Counties for their reference and use.

Due to federal and state regulations, there are restrictions that prevent authorities from providing certain kinds of assistance, such as rebuilding homes. For emergency response services, the state and county may assist private property owners affected by the fire. Private property owners who are seeking land rehabilitation assistance may wish to contact the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Manager, Miles Handberg at 435-247-1557 or Mike Eriksson, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands Area Manager at 435-671-9170 for assistance.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginSunday July 01st, 2018 approx. 01:00 PM
Location8 miles SW of Duchesne, Utah.
Incident CommanderEvans Kuo
Coordinates40.1 latitude, -110.96 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel310
Size57,051 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained93%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday July 25th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, tall grass, and brush.

Significant Events

A transfer of command from Great Basin Team 5 to a smaller incident management organization, led by Incident Commander, James Turner, will occur Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. The new organization is responsible for managing the remaining uncontained fire and completing suppression repair work. This work may take an additional week to finish. This will be the final update for the Dollar Ridge Fire unless significant activity occurs.

Starting July 24, questions may be directed to the Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands or the Ashley National Forest.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Firefighters are evaluating road conditions, and when safe to do so, they will work with resource advisors and heavy equipment to repair dozer lines. This work may take up to a week to complete.

Two small pieces of uncontained fire are still producing small pockets of heat in remote, inaccessible areas with abundant snags and other dangers that pose a risk to firefighters. Firefighters will daily check on these areas to ensure the fire does not move.

On hot, windy days, interior pockets of heat may cause small pockets of timber to burn. This activity does not pose any threats to containment line and may take a significant amount of moisture to extinguish before it goes out.

Projected Incident Activity

Two small pieces of uncontained fire are still producing small pockets of heat in remote, inaccessible areas with abundant snags and other dangers that pose a risk to firefighters. Firefighters will daily check on these areas to ensure the fire does not move.

On hot, windy days, interior pockets of heat may cause small pockets of timber to burn. This activity does not pose any threats to containment line and may take a significant amount of moisture to extinguish before it goes out.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A warming and drying trend will begin today that will build through the week. While occasional storms may pass through, this drying will assist firefighters with performing the remaining work necessary to contain the fire and repair containment lines.