State Fire Update – August 19 – 10:00 a.m.

Acres: 29,827                                                              

Start Date: August 8, 2013

Cause: Lightning                                                        

 Location: 8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 85%                                                      

Fuels: Timber, grass and understory

Terrain: Steep, Rugged                                              

 Resources: Beginning to demobilize                          

Total Personnel: 150-180       

Summary: Effective 6 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2013, the fire is now managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team with Wade Christopherson as the Incident Commander.  “We are very happy with the progress being made,” said Christopherson. “The line is secure and we will be working on rehabilitation efforts and mopping up interior flare ups.”

A final town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Fire Information Tent located at the Malad City Park. BLM Pocatello Field Manager, Dave Pacioretty and Incident Commander Christopherson will discuss the Type 3 organization, suppression and fire rehab efforts and answer other questions the public may have.

No projected movement is expected outside the established containment lines. The public can still expect to see smoke as interior pockets of fuels continue to burn. Many of the resources working the fire have been released to respond to other incidents. Approximately 150-180 personnel remain on scene to continue mopping up this incident.

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