The Monviso Fire did not experience any significant growth yesterday. Fire behavior was moderate for most of the day until wind gusts in the mid-afternoon caused some single tree torching in one of several spot fires within the 65-acre fire area. Crews used helicopters to cool the flare up, and then focused their efforts on suppressing the remaining fire.
Current dry conditions may enable embers to carry outside the fire area and spread. Nearby scout camps and Forest Service recreation areas have been informed that although the probability of further fire growth is minimal, fire spread is still possible.
Fire managers with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands have directed the Incident Management Team (IMT) to fully suppress the fire due to its proximity to homes, recreation areas and the watershed. The fire area contains numerous spot fires and today, crews will continue building containment lines to prevent further growth.
The cause of the fire has been determined to be related to a campfire. This adds to the growing list of wildfires in Utah caused by careless use and leadership from local, state and federal agencies are increasing patrols for abandoned campfires.
About 8 cabins in the Monviso Subdivision are still under evacuation orders, but all the nearby campgrounds are open to the public. The Mirror Lake Highway is open; however, caution is advised for those travelling into the Uintas.
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