Author: Kevin S. Abel

Due to steep, rocky terrain, lack of access by ground, and predicted weather, aircraft are being used to moderate fire behavior. Fire management staff will continue suppression actions via aviation assets to slow fire spread and reduce intensity when necessary. The fire will continue to be monitored by ground and air resources to gauge spread towards any areas of concern.

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Fire will continue to be monitored by ground and air resources to gauge spread towards any areas of concern. Due to steep, rocky terrain, lack of access by ground, and predicted weather, any suppression actions taken will be via aviation assets to slow fire spread and reduce intensity if necessary. If the fire continues to move to areas where access for firefighters is safer, additional ground resources may be ordered to take more direct suppression actions utilizing trails and other natural features.

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The Spirit Creek fire was reported at 4:21 p.m. Nov.2, 2020 approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Oak Grove Campground. It is burning between Pig and Spirit Creeks in oak brush, mixed conifer, and pinyon juniper. Fire crews on scene are monitoring fire activity while aviation resources have been ordered due to the difficult access for ground personnel.

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The Sandy fire was reported at 3:34 p.m. July 24, 2020 approximately 3 miles west of exit 30 off Interstate 15. It is burning near the Dry Sandy Wash in brush and pinion juniper. Fire activity is creeping and smoldering with some isolated trees torching on the interior of the fire perimeter in the heavier fuels. Fire activity will increase in the afternoon as the relative humidity drops, but it is not expected to make significant movement.

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The fast-moving Cottonwood Trail fire started near mile marker 17 of I-15. Harrisburg Area, Angel Heights sub-division (west side of Leeds) have been allowed to return home after being evacuated. Aggressive suppression efforts from both aerial and ground resources protected the surrounding communities near the fire area. Fire managers are maintaining the control line with crews and aerial resources to keep the fire within the burned footprint.

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Due to the progress firefighters have made we will be reducing staff and resources significantly to make them available to assist on other fires. The fire will transition to a local type IV Incident Commander as the Color Country Type III team is returning the fire back over to the local agency at 6am tomorrow morning July 20.

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Crews assigned to the west, south, and east perimeters were initiating suppression repair, patrolling, and mopping up hot spots in areas that have been secured. As a result of the fire suppression effort, containment was increased to 75%. Along the northern flank of the fire firefighters continue to improve, patrol and monitor the rest of the fire’s perimeter with great success.

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Fire managers are maintaining the control line with crews and aerial resources to keep the fire within the burned footprint. Fire activity is minimal, creeping and smoldering. Aggressive suppression efforts from both aerial and ground resources protected the surrounding communities near the fire area.

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