Peterson Hollow Fire Contained

Sep 5, 2016

Fire crews begin clean-up work Monday along the Utah/Idaho border after declaring the Peterson Hollow Fire fully contained as of Sunday evening.

Fire official Sara Hellstrom of the Uintah/Wasatch/Cache National Forest said investigators have determined an abandoned campfire in Logan Canyon resulted in more than 12,000 acres of land near Beaver Mountain Ski Resort and Bear Lake's Garden City to burn.

Hellstrom reminds forest visitors that many wildfires, large and small, are human caused, very expensive to put out and are totally preventable.

She said continued cool weather and evening rains over the weekend allowed firefighters to make significant progress and the fire is now totally contained.

While battling the fire temporary flight restrictions were placed around the perimeter of the fire for a 5 miles radius and under a 13,000 foot ceiling.  There have been six documented temporary flight restriction intrusions in the Peterson Hollow Fire area since the start of the fire on August 21.  The intrusions hampered air support of suppression efforts and incident commanders remind the public that restrictions apply to all wildfires and all aircraft, including drones.

Road and trail closures remain in effect for the Peter Sinks area near the site of the fire as crews continue to monitor fire damaged trees.

Meanwhile, a fire in Tooele County has scorched more than 4,000 acres and continues to burn.  The Western Government Creek Fire is burning grass, sagebrush and juniper vegetation. The lightning caused fire began burning on Friday about 10 miles southwest of Vernon.

Highway 36 to Pony Express Road is closed. Lookout Pass Road and Erickson Pass Road are also closed as fire crews work to control the blaze. People are encouraged to avoid the area.