Trail Mountain Fire Morning Update
Monday, June 18, 2018
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Start Date: June 4, 2018 Size: 13,862 acres
Percent Contained: 40%
Helicopters: 8 Engines: 23
Crews: 15 Total Personnel: 595
Summary: Containment increased to 40% as a result of work done this weekend. Firefighters took advantage of terrain, variations in vegetation types, and favorable weather conditions to build fireline directly along the active fire boundary. This work occurred along most of the southern perimeter of the fire and parts of the eastern and western perimeters. Utility companies will start visiting areas near Meetinghouse and Mill Fork Creeks to assess impacts of the fire on power lines and water sources.
Today in areas where the fire is contained, crews will be patrolling and starting some repair work. This work includes:
- Scattering cut vegetation,
- Stabilizing soils,
- Installing water bars to manage water and sediment, and
- Removing hazardous, fire-weakened trees along roads.
Although the northern part of the fire is not contained, crews have been building fireline in safe areas away from the fire boundary. In very specific locations they may do some burning to reduce vegetation adjacent to constructed fireline and limit possible fire growth this week.
Today will have warmer and drier weather with increased southerly winds that may increase fire activity. Grasses and other lighter vegetation still contain some moisture from this weekend’s weather; however, large conifer trees and other dead vegetation remain dry.
Closures: The Manti-La Sal National Forest has an area closure in effect around the fire. See a map and description of the area at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5830. Horse Canyon Trailhead, Indian Creek Campground, Little Bear Campground, Lower Little Bear Campground, and Riverside Campsite are closed. Highway 31 is open, but please drive with caution.
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