The Bald Mountain Fire started by lightning on August 24, 2018 in the Mount Nebo Wilderness just off the top of Bald Mountain. Due to a recent rain, a reduction in fire danger, and it being a natural ignition at just below 11,000’ in the wilderness, the decision was made to employ a monitor strategy. Over the course of the next 2-3 weeks, the fire only grew to about 20 acres. On the afternoon of September 12, the fire became very active due to low RH and high winds; fire quickly spread off the mountain and continued to actively burn. The first evacuations were Thursday, September 13th. That day a decision was made to order a Type 1 Incident Management Team, IMT. Currently the fire is being managed in conjunction with Pole Creek Fire by California Interagency Incident Managment Team 1 (McGowen)
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 12:15 PM|
|Location||1 Mile from Payson and Elk Ridge, UT|
|Incident Commander||Scott Robison (Type 3)|
|Coordinates||39.872 latitude, -111.743 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday October 10th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (litter, and understory) Mixed conifer with fir. Heavy dead and down and brushy under story. Cured grasses and oak brush on southwest aspects and lower elevations.
Minimal fire behavior observed. Recent and ongoing precipitation has diminished visible smokes.
Continue to perform repair in coordination with READS where safe to do so.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.
24 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.
48 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.
72 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.
Anticipated after 72 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.
A Type 3 Organization assumed command of the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires at 0700 this morning. Remaining
suppression repair will be completed as the weather allows.
No weather concerns related to fire activity. Additional precipitation in the