Wood Hollow Fire Further Contained
Incident: Wood Hollow Wildfire
Wood Hollow Fire Update
June 29, 2012
MORONI, Sanpete County Fire crews expect to make further progress today on the Wood Hollow Fire, now having burned 46,402 acres since its start on June 24.
With cooperating weather, the fire has begun to lay down in certain areas, making it easier for hand crews and bulldozer crews to build lines around the fire's perimeter.
The fire is now 35 percent contained with an estimated containment on Saturday. The fire continues to slowly spread north into Utah County. There have been 300 residences threatened and 160 structures destroyed, 52 of which were primary dwellings, by the fire in Sanpete County.
Today's missions include building more lines, identifying any structure protection needs and mop up. Air resources may be used if necessary.
As of Thursday night, 918 personnel from around the Great Basin were working the fire.
The Indian Ridge, Oaker Hills and Elk Ridge communities are still under evacuation orders. The areas are being evaluated to see when the residents will be able to return. The evacuation order for Birdseye, in Utah County, was lifted Thursday.
The American Red Cross shelter in Mt. Pleasant has been closed, and a reception center will open in Fairview at about 3 p.m. The location will be announced later.
The National Weather Service reports that western Utah, south of Tooele and Utah counties, remains under a red flag warning, meaning that strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures can create explosive fire growth potential.
The forecast for the area around the head of the fire is:
Today: Areas of smoke before noon. Sunny, with a high near 88. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph becoming west. Tonight: Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West southwest wind 17 to 20 mph becoming southwest 6 to 9 mph. Saturday: Areas of smoke before noon. Sunny, with a high near 88. Southeast wind 7 to 14 mph becoming west. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind around 13 mph becoming west.
FEMA has approved a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help with the firefighting costs of the Wood Hollow Fire, now estimated to be $3.8 million.
The cause of the fire, burning in Sanpete and Utah counties, is still under investigation.