UPPER PROVO WILDFIRE – AUGUST 9, 2020
Contact: Kim Osborn (801) 710-3664
Heber-Kamas District Office (435) 783-4338
Start: July 31, 2020
Location: 22 miles east of Kamas, Utah in the Murdock Basin area
Cause: Human Caused – under investigation
Size: 480 acres
Fuels: Mixed conifer and lodgepole pine
Closures: Murdock Basin road (Forest Service road #137) and Broadhead Meadows road (Forest Service road #416) are closed, and the area around Murdock Basin and Broadhead Meadows.
*Mirror Lake Highway is open – watch for fire traffic on the road
- 2 Helicopters
- 3 Engines
- 2 Squads
- 3 Type 2 Hand Crews & 1 Hotshot Crew
- 1 Wildland Fire Module
- 189 Total Personnel
The most active spot of the Upper Provo Wildfire is just west of Pyramid Lake. The extremely rugged terrain provides little to no access for engines in that part of the fire, so crews are directing the work of aerial resources, which add to the great work hand crews are making.
Due to terrain and the prevailing wind, most of the smoke from this fire isn’t visible from the Mirror Lake Highway or many of the heavily used recreation sites in the area. However, the fire area is expecting high winds today, which could lead to increased fire activity. Please continue to be alert and aware of firefighting activity, traffic, and crews.
The Incident Management Team plans to transition management of this fire to a Type 4 team on Tuesday morning.
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