Provo, Utah, August 1, 2019– The Alaska Fire, was reported on July 30, 2019 at around 10:50 pm. It was human caused and is currently under investigation. The fire is located northeast of Springville Utah, and is approximately 400 acres, currently about 10% contained.
Yesterday, hand crews with assistance of air resources made good progress securing fireline along the Bonneville Shoreline trail and on both flanks of the fire. Late afternoon, a storm moved into the area and the fire received moderate to light rain, into the evening. The precipitation knocked down active fire behavior and greatly helped suppression efforts. Only light smoke from small pockets of burning brush could be seen on the mountain yesterday evening.
Today, firefighters will focus on securing fire lines along the fire perimeter and mop up hot spots low on the slope. Firefighters are using full suppression techniques to contain this fire, but the terrain is very steep and rocky, which will not allow hand crews to access some areas. A drying trend is beginning and will continue through Saturday.
A section of the Bonneville Shoreline trail below the fire is closed to the public between Slate Canyon and Little Rock Canyon.
Resources: 4 hand crews, 7 engines , 2 helicopters