Trail Mountain Fire Morning Update
Friday, June 29, 2018
Red Flag Warning
Contact Fire Information
Start Date: June 4, 2018 Size: 17,830
Percent Contained: 80%
Helicopters: 5 Engines: 20
Crews: 6 Total Personnel: 319
Summary: Current firefighting operations coupled with increased traffic traveling along SR 31 pose greater working and driving risks. To mitigate these hazards, speed limits have been lowered to 35 mph in the canyon where there is the most fire activity. Please use caution. Drivers are requested to watch for these speed limit changes, and follow the posted speed limit at all times.
Red Flag Warning in effect has been extended through Saturday evening. Weather conditions will be higher than average temperatures, low relative humidity, and gusty, unstable winds. As a result of Red Flag weather conditions, increased fire activity is expected. Check local fire restrictions if you are planning on recreating over the weekend. No fireworks are allowed on public lands. Increased smoke can be anticipated in Emery County as a result of multiple additional fires to the south and west of the Trail Mountain fire.
Firefighting tactics have been effective in suppressing the north end of the fire where fire activity is the highest. Fewer helicopter bucket drops have been required to slow spread, and firefighters are now able to directly suppress the fire by cutting line. Continued objectives include containment along the north and east sections of the fire, keeping the fire west of SR 31, and ensuring firefighter and public safety.
Closures: If you’re planning to recreate in the vicinity this weekend, please be mindful that wildland fires are constantly changing environments. Check fire conditions and closure areas via links below before heading out.
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/