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Bald Mountain

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

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Bald Mountain Fire Update 9/24/18

Bald Mountain Wildfire
News – 9/24/2018

September 24, 2018 8 a.m.

Special Note: Resource advisors from the local area are working with the IMT to identify suppression repair needs and initiate repair tasks when feasible. The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing the Bald Mountain Fire and Great Basin Team 1 is managing the Pole Creek Fire. Both teams are cooperating when informing the public and sharing resources.

Weather/Fire Behavior: A cold front passed through yesterday afternoon and evening, bringing light showers throughout much of the fire. Division AA received one tenth inch of rain and hail during the afternoon. Cloud cover continued throughout the night and relative humidities were 60-80 percent.

Today, skies will be cloudy in the morning and clear throughout the day.Northwest winds will be steady at 5-15 mph in the lower elevations, 20 mph on the ridges. Maximum temperatures will range between 50-60 degrees. Relative humidity will be between 20-25%.

Fire activity will be reduced today with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Heavier fuels in the mixed conifer forest will continue to be the most active, taking much longer to respond to temperature and humidity changes. Fire fighters will be on the look-out for any new fires started by yesterday’s lightning strikes. Initial attack resources are available to respond.

Current Situation:

Containment increased in Division J yesterday even though the cold front winds prevented helicopters from working hot spots in the afternoon. Air craft today will be available to assist crews securing the area. Structure protection remains in place throughout the neighborhoods, day and night. Engines are gathering excess hose lays and firefighting equipment within the area. Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fire resources are working together to plan future operations in Division J and K (Covered Bridge Community). The IMT is working with the local fire departments on plans for suppression repair, and a chipper, masticator and excavator are on order. The Mobile Retardant Plant is being dismantled today and moved to the Pole Creek Fire.

Hotshot crews will continue to mop up and hold the containment line along the north and northwest sides (Division D). Resource Advisors will work with crews on suppression repair tasks. These repairs will help reduce the risk of eroding soils so vegetation can reestablish. Chippers will continue working along roads and decrease the amount of accumulated slash. A COBRA infra-red flight will occur today across Division D to double-check the line.

The fire is being held on natural barriers in Division A, and the fire perimeter has not grown for several days in the Wilderness area. The crews and aircraft will patrol again today, and helicopters are planning bucket drops where hot spots are present in the higher elevations. Division AA received some rain yesterday which will benefit crews with mop up and securing lines. Both Division A and AA are removing snags presenting hazards along the line.

Night shift engines will maintain their presence within the neighborhoods surrounding the fire. The smoke report phone number had no significant issues reported last night.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction, TFR, over the fire and surrounding area. This includes drones. If drones are in the air we must ground all firefighting aircraft.

Closures and Public Safety: The public is reminded to expect heavy fire traffic in Payson where the Bald Mountain Incident Command Post is located. Pre-evacuations remain in place for several areas in the fire vicinity. Current information about pre-evacuation status is available at

For a list of definitions of fire terms, see:

Fire Statistics:

Location: 1 mile from Payson and Elk Ridge, UT
Start Date: August 24, 2018
Cause: Lightning

Size: 18,596 acres
Contained: 33
Total Personnel: 535 personnel

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Todd Pechota, Incident Commander

Information Center: 385-955-0770

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.