William Fire Update Sept. 21, 2020

September 21, 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: 5,832

Containment: 49%                                                                              

Personnel Assigned: 267

Current Status: Today firefighters have achieved containment on the western side of the fire and have secured the fireline to North Creek. The Infrared (IR) mapping mission confirmed that the remaining heat along that portion of the perimeter is well interior of the line.

On the southern perimeter of the fire, crews will continue mopping up the spots that are accessible southwest of Bald Mountain. Further west along the southern perimeter, firefighters will coordinate bucket drops with the National Guard helicopter again today in North Creek.

Resources will continue suppression repair work using an excavator to repair dozer line from West Ridge Road south. Repair work on fireline that was constructed during initial attack is done in conjunction with Resource Advisors from land management agencies. Resource Advisors have created plans to return the area disturbed by suppression efforts to a more natural state. Crews will be repairing fences today that were cut to allow dozers through to construct fireline.

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 continue to climb and are predicted to be in the mid 80s with relative humidity in the mid teens. Southwest winds will begin to increase on the ridges. Moderate fire behavior is expected in the form of smoldering, creeping and isolated spotting.

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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