News Release August 16 Am
Incident: Millville Wildfire
For Immediate Release
Cache County, Utah - August 16, 2013
9am Update Millville Fire
The fire is approximately 2800 acres and is 30% contained. The strike team of engines that arrived on the incident yesterday worked throughout the night primarily along the Blacksmith Fork road suppressing burning debris close to the road. The fire continues to be held north of the Blacksmith Fork road.
The Red Flag Alert remains in effect today. Very low humidity, high temperatures, terrain driven winds along with very dry fuels continue to create extreme fire behavior conditions. Aviation resources are critical to maintain the suppression progress achieved the previous day. Today 2 heavy, 1 medium, and 1 light helicopters will be used dropping water. Air tanker support is available. Hand crews will continue securing the fire line along the ridge between Millville Canyon and Blacksmiths Fork Canyon, as well as patrolling for “slop-overs”. In addition crews will continue working the Blacksmiths Fork road to insure the fire remains north of the road.
While fire managers have been pinching the fire between the Blacksmiths Fork road and Millville Canyon towards the intersection of the Blacksmith Fork road and the Left Hand Fork road the plan is to utilize suitable terrain and coupled with helicopter water-drops stop the advance eastward. Burnout operations will occur when conditions are favorable and where necessary. A Northern Utah Type 3 Incident Command Team continues managing the incident. 170 personnel are working on the fire, including 6 hand crews, five engines, and 4 helicopters.
The mandatory evacuations and road closures are still in effect. Fire managers and agency officials are periodically monitoring conditions to determine possible alternative options, however any change is not likely without a change in fire conditions.
The evacuation area begins at the mouth of Blacksmiths Fork canyon. The area does not include any of the subdivisions at the mouth of the canyon. The highway road block is set up at the intersection of the Hollow road. The evacuation area extends east to the intersection with the Left Hand Fork road (approximately 6 miles). The mandatory evacuation also includes the Left Hand Fork Canyon area beginning at the Left Hand Fork road intersection with Blacksmith Fork road and extends to the Gray Cliff springs area (approximately 7 miles).
The Blacksmiths Fork Canyon road (Hwy 101) remains closed to all nonessential traffic from the intersection with the Hollow road east to the intersection with the Left Hand Fork road. The Left Hand Fork road is also closed to nonessential traffic. Hwy 101 is now open from the intersection with the Ant Flat road to the intersection with the Left Hand Fork road. Access had been restricted between these points since Wednesday evening. Millville Canyon remains closed.
Trails in the Left Hand Fork, Richards Hollow, Herd Hollow, and Gray Cliff springs areas are closed.
The Millville Fire started on Sunday morning, August 11, 2013 by lightning.
Larry Lucas Fred Noack
801 573-6622 801 690-4081