State Fire Update – August 14 – 9:00 a.m.

Acres:  22,949                                    Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                               Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT Containment: 50%

Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged                       Resources:  7 crews, 13 engines, 3 water tenders, 3 dozers

Total personnel: 266                          Available air support:  2 helicopters

Summary: Firefighters continued to prepare the northwest section for a burning operation to secure the fireline there.  Burnout operations will be implemented when conditions are appropriate. A double dozer line has been constructed on the northeast section of the fire to prepare for a future burning operation between the lines to secure the perimeter while reducing the potential burning on the interior of the fire.

With increased temperature and decreased humidity forecast, along with unstable atmospheric conditions, extreme fire behavior is expected today on the State Fire north of Portage, Utah and southwest of Malad, Idaho.  Firefighters anticipate large plumes of smoke to develop over the fire, particularly during the afternoon hours.  Most of this will arise from very active fire in the interior of the fire where large amounts of unburned fuel remain.

A public meeting was held in Malad, Idaho yesterday with approximately 100 residents in attendance. They received a briefing on the current fire activity and the plan for the suppression efforts from Operations Chief Everett Phillips and Incident Commander Bea Day of the Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team.

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