Ether Hollow Fire Update: Sept. 14, 2020
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Start Date: September 7, 2020
September 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: East of Springville, UT
Cause: Human caused, target shooting Acres: 849
Percent Contained: 65% Personnel Assigned: 67
Flight incursions from aircraft and drones force fire air resources to land, delaying critical support to firefighters on the ground. If you are a pilot, you must check NOTAMs before finalizing your flight plan.
There have been multiple fixed wing and drone incursions on fires in the past few days, putting all involved at risk.
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_6165.html.
Please remember, if you fly, we can’t.
Current Status: Today, crews will mop up further interior, working from West to East, with a goal of moving 100 feet in from the line. Firefighters continue to identify and implement control actions in the event the fire moves beyond the uncontained perimeter. Alternate suppression tactics are being initiated in the steep, inaccessible terrain to ensure firefighter safety.
The contingency line and hose lay are complete along the Hobble Creek Canyon road. This fireline will only be used to stop the fire’s progression if fire activity increases towards the north and threatens communities in that area.
Suppression repair work on sections of dozer line that is no longer needed begins today in coordination with local agencies impacted by the fire.
With shared air resources between three fires, the Air Branch Director will prioritize the most critical missions for three helicopters throughout the day.
Whiting Campground, Maple Canyon trail #006 and Right Fork trail #007 remain closed. We ask that the public stay away from the fire area for the safety of the firefighters and the public. https://www.fs.usda.gov/uwcnf
Hunters with limited entry Bull Elk tags and archers, please check your hunting unit and be sure to stay out of the closed areas. We aim to keep our firefighters and public safe, your aim will help.
Weather: There is a red flag warning in effect. The next few days will trend warmer and drier with temperatures forecast in the mid-80s with gusting terrain driven winds 10-15 mph. Fire behavior today is expected to be minimal with possible pockets of interior torching, smoldering and surface creeping. More smoke may be visible as sun and wind warm and dry fuels available in the fire area. There is a fuel and fire behavior advisory in effect for critically dry fuels through September 25th, 2020.
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