WILLOW CREEK FIRE
Heber City, Utah, June 11, 2018 – The Willow Creek Fire, located north of Highway 40 and Strawberry Reservoir on the Heber-Kamas Ranger District has burned 453 acres and is 10% contained. The fire has been determined as lightning caused and was reported on June 6th. There are no threats to structures, campgrounds, or powerlines.
Firefighters are using modified suppression techniques to regenerate aspen growth, minimize fire effects in critical sage-grouse habitat, and provide for firefighter and public safety. Fire crews will utilize aerial and hand ignitions to minimize firefighter and public risk and reduce the duration of the incident. The fire is burning in heavy timber, with thick understory vegetation.
Personnel and resources assigned include three engines, one 20-person hotshot crew, one 20-person initial attack crew and one helicopter. Total personnel on the fire is 85.
An temporary area closure has been implemented north of Highway 40, west of Co-op Creek road (area closure includes Forest Service roads #451 and #393), south of Bjorkman Hollow road and east of Strawberry River road (area closure includes Forest Service roads #389 and #735). This area will be closed for public and firefighter safety. The Bjorkman Hollow road is closed. Co-Op road will remain open up to the seasonal closure gate. Strawberry River road will also remain open. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been implemented.