Busby and Royal Fires Incident Update

Release Date: 7.22.2022
Media Contact: 801-320-8255

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Start Date: 7.21.2022Start Time: Busby – 5:51 p.m., Royal – 7:31 p.m.
Incident Type: WildfireCause: Lightning
Size: Busby – 455.3 acres, Royal – 35.4 acresContainment: 25%
Expected Containment: July 24, 2022Terrain: Mountainous
Structures Threatened: 0Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 0
Location: North end of Dutch Mountain,
3.25 miles north of Gold Hill


Engines: 6Water Tenders: 2Crews: 4
Helicopters: 2Dozers: 1Total Personnel: 140

Cooperating Agencies: Bureau of Land Management, State of Utah, Tooele County, local fire departments


Current Situation:The two fires started by lightning on the north end of Dutch Mountain, located 3.25 miles north of Gold Hill. A Type 3 Team took command of the two fires at 10 p.m. on July 21. Both fires saw significant overnight growth with extreme downslope runs. Today, there has been uphill runs, torching and backing.

Vegetation includes grass, sagebrush, and pinyon pine, and juniper. Elevation ranges from 4800-6400 ft.

Today, temperatures are in the upper 90’s and there is the potential for afternoon thunderstorms, which may cause erratic winds and potentially drive fire growth. Hot conditions will continue throughout the fire area over the weekend.

No resources or structures are at risk and the community of Gold Hill is over 3 miles away.

The goal is full suppression. Handcrews made significant progress constructing fireline around the two fire perimeters. Containment is 25%.

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