William Fire Update Sept. 19, 2020

September 19, 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: 5,790

Containment: 62%                                                                              

Personnel Assigned: 196

Current Status: Firefighters continue to patrol and secure threats to the line along the fire’s edge on the northwest portion of the fire. Crews will continue to mop-up and secure the burnout.

Resources will start prep work for Management Action Points to the south of the fire along the Mona Pole Road and will assess Willow Creek Road as a contingency fireline.  Observation of fire in Wilderness continues via air resources and firefighters will use bucket drops as needed to minimize fire spread on the southeast portion of the fire.

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, your aim will help.

Weather: Today temperatures are predicted to be cooler in the upper 70s with relative humidity near 20%. Winds are expected to be 15 to 20 mph, with gusts to 30. There is a red flag warning in effect for today.

Moderate fire behavior is expected in the form of smoldering, uphill runs and isolated torching in heavier fuels. There is a fuel and fire behavior advisory in effect for critically dry fuels through September 25, 2020.

A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) has been implemented over the fire area – which means recreational drones and private aircraft cannot fly over the fire. Details can be found here: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_1623.html. Remember, “IF YOU FLY, WE CAN’T.”

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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