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Mirror Lake Complex

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Brenda Bushell
Phone: 435-783-8702

Fire Information
Email: 2018.MirrorLakeComplex@firenet.gov
Phone: 435-783-9070
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8am-9pm

Highlighted Activity

10/01/2018 October 1 Mirror Lake Complex Final Update
Road Closure: The Mirror Lake Highway (Highway 150) will reopen at 10A.M. Monday morning. Until then, it remains closed from Murdock Basin Turnoff (Mile Marker 22) to Ruth Lake Campground (Mile...
News - 10/01/2018
PIO Map Oct. 1. Mirror Lake Complex is 5,592 acres. Slate Fire is 666 ac. and Murdock is 4, 926 ac.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Neither the Slat or Murdock wildfires are threatening structures. Both fires are smoldering in steep, high altitude, inaccessible areas east of Kamas, UT.

On the Murdock Fire, firefighters are ensuring the fire does not impact the Mirror Lake Highway (Hwy. 150) or the infrastructure along it, including Camp Steiner. The fire is burning in very steep drainages with a high percentage of dead and down lodgepole pine trees and some aspen stands. These very dangerous conditions are preventing firefighters from safely working directly near the fire area. Instead, they are leveraging the bare granite Murdock Basin cliffs to contain the fire on its west, north and eastern flanks while the southern flank is already contained.

On the Slate fire, firefighters successfully prevented the fire from threatening the South Fork community in the South Fork of the Weber River (10 miles north of the Slate fire). They also protected municipal and hatchery watershed values in the Left Hand Beaver Creek Drainage.

Moist air from the leading edge of the former Hurricane Rosa is making its way into Utah. It brings thunderstorms, high humidity and rainfall amounts up to three inches. Flash flood warnings are in effect for the fire area. Behind this is another wet frontal system off the northwest coast. This will add additional moisture in the coming weeks.

National Forest Trail and Road Closures are in place for the Murdock Fire. This closure will remain in effect until the Forest evaluates the fire area, after it receives significant moisture. The closure is posted at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6223/48368/

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday August 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
LocationThe Slate fire is 6 miles east of Kamas, Utah while the Murdock Fire is 22 miles east of Kamas, UT, burning towards the High Uintas Wilderness.
Incident CommanderHeber-Kamus District Office
Incident DescriptionNeither The Slat Or Murdock Wildfires Are Threatening Structures. Both Fires Are Burning In Steep, High Altitude, Inaccessible Areas East Of Kamas, Ut. On The Murdock Fire, Firefighters Are Taking Actions To Minimize Fire Impacts To The Mirror Lake Highway (hwy. 150) And The Infrastructure Along It, Including Camp Steiner. The Fire Is Burning In Very Steep Drainages With A High Percentage Of Dead And Down Lodgepole Pine Trees And Some Aspen Stands. These Very Dangerous Conditions Are Preventing Firefighters From Safely Working Directly Near The Fire Area. Instead, They Are Leveraging The Bare Granite Murdock Basin Cliffs To Contain The Fire On Its West Flank While The Southern Flank Is Already Contained. On The Slate Fire, Firefighters Were Successfully Prevented The Fire From Threatening The South Fork Community In The South Fork Of The Weber River (10 Miles North Of The Slate Fire). They Also Protected Municipal And Hatchery Watershed Values In The Left Hand Beaver Creek Drainage.
Coordinates40.665 latitude, -111.17 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size5,592 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained10%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 30th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Murdock Fire: The fire is burning in large stands of lodgepole pine with small strings of aspen. About 90% of the timber is comprised of dead and down trees.

Slate Fire: Mixed conifer stands, aspen stands and open grass meadows. Stands to the northwest are sparse with little to no fire movement in that direction.

Significant Events

October 1 was the final Mirror Lake Complex Update unless significant activity occurs. Smoke from interior burning logs may be visible along the Mirror Lake highway for the next few weeks. Signboards along the Highway ask visitors NOT to report the fires.

Outlook

Planned Actions

On the southeastern flank of the Murdock fire reached Pinto Lake, located on the far boundary of the Ashley National Forest. On its northern flank, the fire is 1.5 miles east of the Mirror Lake Highway where smoke is still visible from Bald Mountain. Firefighters contained the fire on its southern flank to protect the Duchesne Tunnel area, while the Rocky Cliffs of Murdock Canyon are containing the fire on its north, western and eastern flanks.

The Slate fire is burning itself out in the steep rocky slopes that have sparse vegetation. Firefighters successfully contained the north flank, preventing the fire from moving into Weber Canyon.

Projected Incident Activity

With significant moisture arriving over the fires the first couple weeks of October, firefighters do not anticipate the fires to grow. Interior dead trees may smolder and occasionally torch on warm sunny days; however, this activity does not pose any threats.

The area closure that is in effect for the Murdock Fire will remain in place until after significant moisture passes.

Smoke may be visible from Highway 40 and Highway 150 around the Slate Creek and Yellow Pine areas. Please DO NOT report smoke visible from the highway.

Remarks

Murdock Fire is 4,926 acres and 5% contained.

Slate Fire is 666 acres and 31% contained.

National Forest Trail and Road Closures are in place for the Murdock Fire. This closure will remain in effect until the Forest evaluates the fire area, after it receives significant moisture.

Closures include:

MURDOCK BASIN

BROADHEAD MEADOWS

FEHR LAKE TRAIL

LOST LAKE CAMPGROUND

MIRROR LAKE CAMPGROUND, including

• NORTH FORK DUCHESNE

• RIVER TRAIL

• MIRROR LAKE TRAIL

HIGHLINE TRAIL, including

• NATURALIST BASIN

• FOUR LAKES BASIN

• EAST FORK DUCHESNE

RIVER TRAIL

Slate Fire: Yellow Pine Trail (Trail #240) is closed.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moist air from the leading edge of the former Hurricane Rosa is making its way into Utah. It brings thunderstorms, high humidity and rainfall amounts up to three inches. Flash flood warnings are in effect for the fire area. Behind this is another wet frontal system off the northwest coast. This will add additional moisture in the coming week.