William Fire Update: Sept. 12, 2020

September 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Location: 2 miles south of Santaquin, UT                                              

Start Date: September 6, 2020                                                             

Phone: 1-435-414-9418

Email: [email protected]

Cause: Human caused, target shooting                                                  

Acres: 4,332

Percent Contained: 51%                                                                     

Personnel Assigned: 193

Current Status:  Today firefighters will continue building both direct and indirect firelines creating a more secure perimeter. Suppression efforts will engage hotspots, increasing depth further interior of firelines that are completed. This helps ensure that burning material doesn’t blow or roll across and ignite fuels outside the line.

The minor change to acreage is due to a spot fire, which is approximately 3 acres, on the south side of Mona Pole road. A helicopter transported firefighters to the area where they rappelled in and directly engaged the small spot, crews anticipate full suppression of the spot fire by end of shift today.

Four helicopters are supporting both the William Fire (3 helicopters) and Ether Hollow Fire (1 helicopter). Depending on the type of helicopter, they can deliver 100 to 700 gallons of water per drop.

There are closures on Pole Canyon Road and the Mona Pole Road (Forest Service road #600/#160) and details can be found on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/uwcnf.

We ask that the public stay away from the area for the safety of the firefighters and the public.

Hunters with limited entry Bull Elk tags, please check your unit, be sure to stay out of the closure area. We aim to keep the public and firefighters safe, you aim will help.

Weather: The next few days will trend warmer and drier with temperatures forecast in the 80s.  Fire behavior on the William Fire today is expected to be minimal with smoldering and surface creeping in heavy mountain brush, grass and mixed type timber. More smoke may be visible as sun and wind warm and dry fuels available in the fire area.

A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) has been implemented over the fire area – which means recreational drones and private aircraft cannot fly over the fire. The TFR can be found here: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_5589.html. The TFR will change slightly beginning at 07:00 am, September 13, 2020. https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_1623.html.

Fire information can be found on Utah Wildfire Information at https://utahfireinfo.gov/. Check out News & Events and ‘Like Us’ on facebook.com/UtahWildfire , and ‘Follow Us’ on twitter.com/UtahWildfire for further information. 

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