State Fire Update – August 13, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.

Acres:  21,000                                                Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                                    Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 45%                                    Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged                        Resources:  7 crews, 15 engines, 14 water tenders, 4 dozers

Total personnel: 223                                    Available air support:  3 helicopters

Summary: The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, Bea Day Incident Commander, assumed responsibility for the direction of the suppression efforts on the State Fire at 6:00 a.m. this morning.  Please note the above change of the fire information phone line.

Driven by strong, gusty winds, the State Fire was very active Monday, running and torching.  Low relative humidity and dense dry fuels contributed to the extreme fire behavior.  Firefighters have established a secure line around the south side of the fire, tying dozer line into established roads, securing the line at the heel of the fire.  The fire grew on the north, east and west sides during the day.  Firefighters on the east flank of the fire tied the west dozer lined into Allridge Canyon.

A public meeting will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Malad Elementary School, 250 W. 400 North, Malad, Idaho.  A report will be provided on the progress of the fire and the plan for its suppression.

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