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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday July 01st, 2018 approx. 01:00 PM|
|Location||8 miles SW of Duchesne, Utah.|
|Incident Commander||Evans Kuo|
|Coordinates||40.1 latitude, -110.96 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||93%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday July 25th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber, tall grass, and brush. Very dry vegetation can be easily ignited and can contribute to large fire growth.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed over the region this afternoon with several cells moving over the fire area. Rainfall amounts were generally light.
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.
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.
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.