SPANISH FORK CANYON, Utah, July 4, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A wildfire that began in Spanish Fork Canyon on Wednesday evening has now grown to 70 acres, officials said Thursday.
The Long Hollow Fire is burning on private and U.S. Forest Service land in the area of U.S. Highway 6 at mile marker 189 near Covered Bridge, said a Wednesday evening tweet from Utah Fire Info.
Thursday morning at 11 a.m., a follow up tweet from Utah Fire Info said: “The most recent GPS measurement shows the #longhollowfire to be 70 acres. Managers estimate 20 percent containment was achieved overnight and more progress is in the plan for today. About 100 personnel and two helicopters are on scene working toward full containment.”
A follow-up post on the Utah Fire Info website said multiple helicopter bucket drops were initiated throughout the morning to assist firefighters with containment and suppression. Hand crews dug line around the perimeter of the fire to contain the advancement of the flames, assisted by two engines utilizing hose lays that enable firefighters to spray down hot spots.
“Tonight should bring cooler temperatures and higher humidity which will help slow the progression of any fire activity,” the post said. “Tomorrow, crews will continue toward full suppression and have the fire fully suppressed by sometime in the next few days.”
Utah Fire Info tweeted at 10 p.m.: “The #longhollowfire is now 60 percent contained. It did not grow today and still stands at 70 acres. Full containment is expected as early as tomorrow.
Updates will be posted on Twitter @UtahWildfire and on Utahfireinfo.gov