State Fire Update – August 15 – 9:00 a.m

Acres:  25,400                                     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:  Firefighters brought the fire down off the ridge in the northwest corner of the fire in the early evening and the night shift successfully kept it within the containment lines. The northeast side of the fire continued its natural progression through the interior pockets of heavy fuel.

Crews worked on the southeastern edge mopping up an area that crossed over containment lines yesterday. They will continue patrolling and mopping up in this area today and collecting GPS data on the locations of dozer lines.

Overnight humidity recovery was lower last night and heat remaining on the ground will create lower humidity today with increased flare-ups in the interior this afternoon. Crews will continue monitoring the containment lines, mopping up hotspots within the interior, and begin planning for rehabilitation of containment lines around the fire.

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.

With additional fire traffic in the area, residents of Malad are asked to exercise extra caution.

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