State Fire Update – August 14 – 8:00 p.m.

Acres:  24,107                                                Start date:  August 8, 2013

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

Containment: 55%                                   Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged

Resources:  6 crews, 19 engines, 4 water tenders, 6 dozers

Total personnel: 330                                    Available air support:  3 helicopters

Summary:  Today, a planned burnout operation began in the northwest corner of the fire with hand firing of timber, juniper, grass and sage fuels at the top of the ridge. The fire progressed downhill at a moderate pace with helicopter air support making water drops along the containment line. Larger smoke plumes were seen in the afternoon hours as the planned burnout moved northerly and easterly into heavier interior fuels in steep and rugged terrain.

The northeastern side of the fire experienced increased burn activity and large smoke plumes within the interior through the natural progression of the fire. The fire crossed over a containment line on the southeastern side of the fire near the intersection of Limekiln Hollow and Portage Canyon Roads last night. Crews worked through the day and contained it to approximately 80 acres.

The fire is expected to burn well into the night in the northwest planned burnout area and continue natural progression on the northeast corner.

A second public meeting will be held at the Malad Elementary School Auditorium on Thursday August 15, 2013, at 7:00 pm. The Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief will both be on hand to discuss in detail the recent activity and objectives going forward, and to answer questions from the community.

We would like to recognize the Malad Elementary School and the Onieda School District who have provided their facilities for the use of the Incident Management Team.

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