Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Yesterday's Activity: Firefighters had another successful day in suppressing and containing the fire. Containment now stands at 60%. The entire northern flank of the fire is now contained due to the hard work of the firefighters with added assistance from the recent cloudy and rainy weather. Even though this area is contained, firefighters will continue to patrol it and mop-up any hot spots to ensure the line is secure. On the western flank, crews pre-treated the containment line with retardant in case a burn out is required to strengthen it. Crews that have been spiked (camped) out on the remote eastern flank completed their section of containment line and were flown out by helicopter. Progress was also made in Timber Canyon on the southern flank, as firefighters brushed out along the road in preparation for a possible burn out. Air resources were used as needed to assist containment efforts.
Todays Expected Activity: Firefighters will concentrate most of their efforts today on the southwest section of the fire where the majority of uncontained line is. They will construct new line by removing excess vegetation and using natural features and roads to assist them. Air resources may also help with this operation by pre-treating the area with retardant, which reduces the flammability of the vegetation. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up any hot spots along containment lines throughout the fire area. Crews will remove brush from along some of the roads on the southern flank of the fire to improve access and reduce the fuel load. Partly cloudy and possible rainy conditions over the fire area today should help the firefighters in their control efforts.
Fire managers are preparing to initiate a burnout on the southwestern corner of the fire in the next few days if weather conditions permit. This burnout will allow firefighters to stop the southern movement of the fire based on terrain and expected fire behavior and provide for firefighter safety. The operation will last for approximately 3-4 days. The burnout will produce an increase in smoke from the fire area that will be seen from the surrounding area for the duration of the operation.
Initial attack resources are also preparing for any new fire starts that may happen around the perimeter of the fire. Thunderstorms that passed through the area in the last few days have started four new small fires. Firefighters responded to these and successfully suppressed them.
Weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected with possible brief, heavy rainfall and gusty winds. Temperatures will be in the mid 80’s with humidity from 18–24 percent. Winds will be out of the south-southwest, switching to the northwest at 4-8 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph.
Evacuations/Closures: Wildcat Road on the northwest section of the fire remains closed to the public. Contact the Wasatch (435-654-1098) or Duchesne County (435-738-2015) Sheriff’s Offices for other road closures and evacuation information.
National Forest Closures: Information on forest road and area closures can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5881/43877