Update: Goose Creek Fire grows to 122K acres; 15% contained

Two wildfires burning on the Utah-Nevada border have merged, making one blaze that has grown to 122,000 acres. Photo Courtesy: InciWeb

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah, July 31, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The Groose Creek Fire, burning on the Utah-Nevada border, has grown to 122,916 acres and remains at 15 percent contained, officials said Tuesday morning.

The wildfire, which ignited Thursday evening, grew to 100,000 acres Monday. It is thought that lighting strikes caused the blaze.

The Type 1 Great Basin Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Grouse Creek Fire at 6 a.m. Tuesday; there are currently 389 personnel assigned to the incident, according to a post from the InciWeb website.

The Goose Creek Fire has to date enveloped three other smaller fires, the China Jim Fire, the Wagon Box Fire, and the Long Fire, the update said. The acerage of these fires has been absorbed as well as the numbers of resources that were assigned to those fires will now be reported as one combined number for the Goose Creek Fire.

“Firefighters will continue to utilize direct attack tactics wherever possible with all ground resources,” the update goes on. “These resources will be aided by aerial support when needed. Structure protection is in place and contingency lines are being constructed for the protection the communities of Etna and Grouse Creek communities.”

The update said three outbuildings have been destroyed; the fire has not destroyed any residences.

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