News Release August 16 Am
Incident: State Wildfire
Acres: 28,135 Start date: August 8, 2013
Cause: Lightning Location: 8 miles west of Portage, UT
Containment: 60% Fuels: Timber, grass and understory
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 6 crews, 24 engines, 12 water tenders, 4 dozers
Total personnel: 358 Available air support: 2 helicopter
Summary: Last night, the interior pockets of vegetation in the northeast corner of the fire continued to burn most of the night. Crews worked through the night tying in containment lines in that area and monitoring for spot fires. The northwest corner and south side of the fire west of Portage were patrolled and monitored as well.
A second public meeting was held last night at the Malad Elementary School with approximately 40 community residents in attendance. A summary of the fire activity to date and a forecast of potential activities for the State Fire were discussed, and questions and concerns from the community were answered.
Weather projected for today will continue to be hot and drier with some increase in winds. These conditions create the potential for similar fire behavior that was observed yesterday afternoon, with the potential for large plumes as interior pockets of dry, preheated vegetation burn.
Firefighters will continue to patrol the containment lines and mop up on the north sides of the fire and the south containment lines near Portage. Cold and black containment lines and bulldozer lines will be evaluated and prepared for rehabilitation.
Wildland fires always have a potential to impact the resources in the wildland urban interface. Homeowners are asked to consider creating a defensible space around their values that may be at risk from wildland fire. Further information about defensible space is available at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/defensible_space .