Utah wildfire updates

Aug 13, 2013

Here's a look at the latest updates for three major wildfires burning in Utah as of Tuesday afternoon:

Millville Fire: Cache County; 2,200 acres burned; 10 percent contained

U.S. Forest Service public information officer Larry Lucas says fire crews successfully completed a burnout east of Hyrum on Monday evening, reducing the threat to the nearby Chokecherry subdivision.

"Today’s efforts will focus on the fire’s south and southeast flanks, with a primary objective to keep the fire north of the Blacksmith Fork Canyon road," he said in a news release. " The fire is approximately 2250 acres and remains approximately 10 percent contained. The fire is burning in very steep terrain making fire line construction difficult.  Containment calculations are typically updated after each day’s operation."

The Millville Fire is under the command of a Northern Utah Type 3 Incident Command team. Incidents rank one through five, with one being the most complex. Lucas says 150 personnel are working on the fire, including five hand crews, five engines, 2 helicopters, and 2 air tankers.

A structure protection plan for the Chokecherry Subdivision at the mouth of the canyon will remain in effect until conditions change.

Millville Canyon remains closed. The road in Blacksmith Fork Canyon remains open to through traffic only.  People driving up Blacksmith Fork road must keep moving and not stop to observe the fire or watch firefighting operations, Lucas said.

Other than three utility poles no structures have been damaged and no injuries to firefighters have been reported.

The Millville Fire started early Sunday morning by lightning.

Credit Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

State Fire: Box Elder County, Pocatello Valley; 21,000 acres burned; 45 percent contained

According to the information site, inciweb.org, the State Fire, which started by lightning on Thursday August 8, has burned private property in Pocatello Valley, Box Elder County and Bureau of Land Management land in Idaho.

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is managing suppression efforts with a delegation of authority from the Idaho Falls District – Pocatello Field Office.

The Arizona Central West Zone Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire with Bea Day as Incident Commander.

Patch Springs Fire: Skull Valley, Utah; 6,300 acres burned; 5 percent contained

According to UtahFireInfo.gov, the Patch Springs Fire was fanned by strong winds Monday night, making it challenging for firefighters. Authorities say the fire line withstood the flames and protected nearby homes.

Crews will be working on the west side of the fire on Tuesday. Firefighers will use aircraft in the steeper terrain to mitigate crew safety.

Structures Threatened include 15 residences, five outbuildings and five commercial properties in the town of Terra and the nearby Goshute Indian reservation.

According to reports, at least one firefighter has been treated for symptoms related to dehydration.

The Patch Springs Fire was started by lightning on Saturday Aug. 10.

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