Yesterday’s critical weather had a lesser impact on fire activity than fire managers expected. The fire grew just over 1,000 acres, primarily in Mill Fork where it burned against the wind towards East Mountain. Fire spread is more rapid when it burns with the wind rather than against. This moderated fire behavior allowed firefighters to increase containment lines, especially along the western perimeter of the fire. The overall percentage of containment, however, does not reflect this due to the large amount of growth on the fire the previous day.
As of 7 AM this morning, Highway 31 has reopened. Firefighters and equipment will continue to work in close proximity to the roadway and there is a likelihood of morning smoke inversions in Huntington Canyon. Please drive slowly through the area and exercise additional caution. Recreation sites along the canyon will remain closed. If at all possible, please avoid driving through the canyon to give plenty of room for firefighters.
Scattered dry thunderstorms are possible later today. This may produce gusty outflow winds from thunder cells in and around the fire area. There is also the possibility of new fires starting as a result of dry lighting. Tomorrow, the fire area will see an increased chance of moisture. After that, temperatures will moderate for the coming days, giving firefighters more cooperative conditions for containing the Trail Mountain Fire.
Closures: The Manti-La Sal National Forest has closed Indian Creek Campground, Forest Trail 0051, and Forest Roads 0034, 2302, 2181, 2180, and 2182. Trail Canyon and all campgrounds between the Huntington Power Plant and mile post 18.5 of Highway 31 are also closed.