William Fire Update Sept. 22, 2020

September 22, 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: 278

Current Status: Today firefighters will continue suppression repair work on the northeast and west portions of line with an additional excavator that will arrive today. They are working with agency Resource Advisors and plan to have dozer line repaired from Wash Canyon to North Canyon today. Crews will continue repairing fences that were cut to allow dozers through to construct fireline. Firefighters will actively check the perimeter of the fire throughout the day.

Three helicopters remain assigned to the William Fire and one will be utilized by ground resources as needed. The other two helicopters were loaned to the Neffs Fire in Neffs Canyon east of Holladay. One fire module and two crews assigned to William Fire also went to assist with the newly emerging 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 in the mid 80s with relative humidity near 20%. Thunderstorms will form southeast of the fire and produce outflow winds with gusts possible up to 22 mph. Minimal fire behavior is expected in the form of smoldering and creeping.

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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