Skull Flat Wildfire Update- July 7, 2019

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2019

Contact: Kayli Yardley (435) 864-8676

Summary: Saturday, firefighters successfully secured approximately one mile of indirect line on the south end of the fire.  Today’s focus is to secure the remaining one mile of indirect fireline by using the fire to clean up inaccessible portions of the perimeter.  This will assist in containment of the south side of the fire, if favorable weather conditions persist.  Fire behavior is expected to be similar to yesterday as group tree torching and short fire runs were observed.  Smoke will be visible from Beaver and the surrounding area.

Location: Five miles east of Beaver, Utah.

Jurisdiction: U.S. Forest Service, Beaver Ranger District.

Fire Size: 1,568 acres. Acreage change is due to more accurate mapping.         

Cause: Lightning caused.

Fire Behavior: Group tree torching and short fire runs are expected today. Smoke and isolated pockets of heat inside control lines will be visible.

Structures: No structures threatened.

Closures: No closures

Percent Contained: 60%

Fuels: Mixed conifer.

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 handcrews, 4 fire engines, 3 helicopters. Approximately 149 firefighters are assigned to the fire.

Evacuations: No evacuations.

Note: Get the latest fire updates on Twitter @UtahWildfire & @FishlakeNF

& on Facebook at Utah Wildfire and U.S. Forest Service Fishlake National Forest(Use hashtag #SkullFlatFire)

Idaho City Hotshots use indirect control lines to obtain containment on the south end of the fire.

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