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Bald Mountain

Unit Information

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

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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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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 24th, 2018 approx. 12:15 PM
Location1 Mile from Payson and Elk Ridge, UT
Incident CommanderScott Robison (Type 3)
Coordinates39.872 latitude, -111.743 longitude

Current Situation

Size18,620 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 10th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events




Minimal fire behavior observed. Recent and ongoing precipitation has diminished visible smokes.


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

No weather concerns related to fire activity. Additional precipitation in the