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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 Contact

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

Highlighted Activity

07/20/2018 Duchesne Evacuations Zones:UPDATE ON ZONES D1, D2 and D4
July 20, 2018, at 12:30 p.m.Evacuation Zones D1, D2 and D4, which have previously been open to property owners only, are now open to property owners and their invited guests (family members,...
Announcement - 07/20/2018
Re-growth of vegetation near the Pinnacles.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Incident Meteorologists are forecasting isolated thunderstorms this afternoon that will help keep conditions cooler and a little more humid. These same factors contributed to successful aerial ignitions in the drainage south of Calf Hollow and above Timber Canyon Road Friday that added 235 acres to the fire’s size. Burning this area allows the fire to burn into itself where it will burn out, safely containing a difficult piece of the fire. After more than a week of hard work, firefighters have safely contained a section of line in the area above Willow Creek and will be working to complete the remaining two and a half miles of containment today.

Along the northern, eastern and southeastern flanks, fire crews are removing flagging and other trash generated by suppression activities. Firefighters are also backhauling pumps and other water handling supplies to camp where drivers will return it to the geographic supply cache in Boise, ID. Resource advisors are working closely with dozer, excavators and chipper operators to ensure heavy equipment does not damage sensitive areas as they repair dozer and handlines constructed during the initial phases of the fire.

The human caused Dollar Ridge Fire began on July 1, 2018. Great Basin Team 5 is currently managing the fire after transferring command from Great Basin Team 2, July 18. The transfer to a smaller management organization reflects successful containment efforts and a downsizing of incident resources. Team 5 is supporting firefighters who are completing suppression repair work, responding to new fire starts and excessing equipment and supplies firefighters no longer need.






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 Personnel329
Size56,998 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained93%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday July 25th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, tall grass, and brush. Very dry vegetation can be easily ignited and can contribute to large fire growth.

Significant Events

Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed over the region this afternoon with several cells moving over the fire area. Rainfall amounts were generally light.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Firefighters will continue to provide structure protection, secure firelines, as well as, implement direct and indirect attack on the south side of the fire. The south edge of the fire will continue to be monitored as well.

A one-acre timber stringer is burning itself out, producing visible smoke from Soldier Bay. When available, a light helicopter will drop water to keep it cool; however, this spot does not pose any concern for firefighters. The recreation sites are open to the public, but the burned area remains closed.

Projected Incident Activity

Reinforcing precipitation along with cloud cover and higher humidity should continue to reduce active fire behavior. Anticipated smoldering and creeping with some isolated torching may continue to occur.

Remarks

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team is beginning work in the burned area to collect post fire information. Their goal is to provide a Burned Area Emergency Response Plan that identifies actions agencies can take to protect life, property, water quality, and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage.

This weekend marks the start of Pioneer Days. There is a noticeable increase in traffic along all major roadways leading into Duchesne. Heavy fire equipment are also traveling these roadways. Please drive slowly and defensively to keep firefighters and our visiting public safe.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moisture and unstable conditions are expected to remain over the region through Sunday with slight drying into early next week. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon and evening. The storms will become more isolated on Monday. Winds are expected to shift back to the west, with gusty erratic winds.