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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 9/25/18

Bald Mountain Wildfire
News – 9/25/2018

September 25, 2018 8 a.m.

Special Note: Containment increased to 61%, mainly in Divisions A and D. The COBRA infra-red flight that occurred yesterday helped fire managers determine the 28 percent increase in containment throughout the fire. The IMT is working with the local fire departments to create an updated Structure Protection GIS map that includes all the roads, homes, hydrants, fire stations and other infrastructure within their neighborhoods. Dominion Energy pipeline was re-pressurized to Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills. Resource Advisors and firefighters will begin to implement suppression repair tasks on the Bald Mountain Fire.

Weather/Fire Behavior:

Temperatures overnight were in the mid 30’s on the fire. Today, skies will be clear. Wind speeds will be light and terrain driven throughout the day. Winds on the ridgetops will be from the northwest, 20 mph. Maximum temperatures at 7000 feet will be in the upper 60’s. Relative humidity will be between 12-20 percent.

Fire activity will be reduced again today with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Interior pockets of fuels within the fire will continue to be consumed by creeping, smoldering fire, and remaining hot spots.

Current Situation:

Division J conducted suppression repair tasks in the surrounding areas of Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills, and Loafer Canyon yesterday. Fire remains active in an unnamed canyon east of Loafer Canyon; aircraft will be available to conduct bucket drops. Structure protection remains in place within the neighborhoods, day and night. Two hot shot crews from Division J will be assisting the Pole Creek Fire resources with assessing needs and strategies in the Covered Bridge area of Division K. The Mobile Retardant Plant is dismantled and will be moved to the Pole Creek Fire.

Division D fire resources increased the containment of the fire yesterday, primarily on the north side. Hotshot crews will continue to mop up and secure the containment line. Chippers continue working along roads to decrease the amount of accumulated slash. A masticator and excavator arrive today to assist with repair of the contingency lines. Engines are gathering excess hose lays and firefighting equipment to return to the cache for rehab.

Containment increased in Division A yesterday. Crews and aircraft will patrol again today, focusing on the remaining section of uncontained line. Division AA chipping and suppression repair tasks are near completion. Snagging and mop up along the roads will continue.

Night shift engines will patrol containment lines within the neighborhoods surrounding the fire.

“Things are looking really good,” said Operations Trainee, Bill King this morning.

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 http://www.utahcounty.gov/Dept/Sheriff/Index.asp.

For a list of definitions of fire terms, see: https://www.nwcg.gov/glossary/a-z

Fire Statistics:

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

Size: 18,600 acres
Percent Contained: 61

Total Personnel: 527 personnel

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Todd Pechota, Incident Commander

Information Center: 385-955-0770

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6209/

Email: 2018_UTUWF_BaldMountainFire@firenet.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BaldMountainFire/

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