Portage, Utah – The current estimated fire size is 21,000 acres and is approximately 45% contained.
This morning, fire activity was low which gave handcrews, engines, air resources and dozers an opportunity to get on the hill to continue constructing and improving containment lines. This was significant for fire suppression objectives before the clouds moved away from the area giving the sun opportunity to heat things up and increase fire activity in the afternoon. By 4:00 PM, a huge smoke column originated from the Gardner Canyon region on the east side of the fire between the towns of Portage and Samaria. This was projected by fire resources as the plan for this area was to bring the fire out of the heavy timber in steep rocky terrain to strategically placed containment lines. Structure protection group were placed near the ranch homes and outbuilding in this area and will continue to monitor it throughout the night.
Resources assigned to the incident include two Type 1 helicopters (Black Hawks), one Type 3 helicopter, four dozers, two tenders, ten Type 6 engines, one Type 1 hotshot crew, and six Type 2-IA hand crews. Incident fire personnel total is 250.
Tomorrow, the Arizona Central West Zone National Type 2 Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Bea Day) will take over management of the State Fire in the morning, August 13th, at 6:00 AM.