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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 to the local agency tomorrow morning July 22.

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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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Fire managers continue to prioritize minimizing fire growth with aggressive action as the fire continues to threaten lands north of BLM administered lands (Red Cliff National Conservation Area/critical desert tortoise habitat) on to Pine Valley Ranger District. The fire continues to creep east through BLM Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness. Aggressive suppression efforts from both aerial and ground resources protected the surrounding communities near the fire area. The fire was mapped at 11,993 acres. Fire managers will continue to construct direct line with crews and aerial resources to keep the fire within the current burned footprint.

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As of 7 p.m., the Veyo West Fire, was mapped at 2,618 acres. The fire is forty percent contained. Hand crews continue to establish line on steep and rocky terrain and to secure and improve fire lines. The fire is burning through dry brush, grass and timber and the area is experiencing isolated, dry thunderstorms. Fire managers continue to monitor structures in the immediate vicinity and are continuing to protect the utility corridor. The fire transitioned to a Type III team today.

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As of 4:30 p.m. July 15, 2020 the Veyo West Fire, is at 2618 acres burned after an Infrared flight mapped the fire perimeter. Crews managed to hold the perimeter during the winds in the afternoon and improve containment lines. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

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