Tuesday Morning Trail Mountain Fire Update

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Photo courtesy of Michelle Vance Pilling

Press Release

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019 

Start Date: June 4, 2018 Size: 14,429 acres

Percent Contained: 43%

Helicopters: 6 Engines: 23

Crews: 15 Total Personnel: 589

Summary: Yesterday on the Trail Mountain Fire, crews worked diligently toward securing and encompassing the fire’s edge. Fire containment is now 43%. Firefighters will continue to use natural breaks in terrain and vegetation as well as direct and indirect fireline to increase containment. Burning operations will continue on the west and northwest side of the fire to prevent growth by removing receptive vegetation.

Winds coming from the northwest are expected to be less turbulent over the next two days, and temperatures will continue to come down, while relative humidity increases. As fire containment grows, crews will also begin remediation work. Some of this work includes removing hazard trees, clearing roads, clearing streams, and building water bars to help prevent soil erosion.

The Incident Management Team also sent firefighting resources to a new fire located northeast of Joes Valley Reservoir, about 4 miles southwest of the Trail Mountain Fire. The Straight Canyon Fire is approximately 2 acres in size. Firefighters expect to contain it by tomorrow. The cause is unknown at this time.

Closures: The Manti-La Sal National Forest has an area closure in effect around the fire. See a map and description of the area at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5830. Horse Canyon Trailhead, Indian Creek Campground, Little Bear Campground, Lower Little Bear Campground, and Riverside Campsite are closed. Highway 31 is open, but please drive with caution.

For More Information: Visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5830/ and Utah Fire Info at https://utahfireinfobox.com/. You can also follow Utah Fire Info on Twitter, https://twitter.com/UtahWildfire, and Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/UtahWildfire/.

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