Monviso Fire in Summit County causes evacuations

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, June 21, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The Monviso Fire in Summit County has burned approximately 50 acres and is zero percent contained, Utah Fire Info reported shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday.

The Monviso subdivision and Forest Service campgrounds in the area were being evacuated, the Facebook post said.

The fire was reported on Thursday at about 11:30 a.m., according to a 10 p.m. Thursday update.

As it quickly reached about 20 acres, firefighters began to contain it. High winds developed in the afternoon, though, and the fire jumped across containment lines and spread to about 50 acres. Cabins and campsites in the area were evacuated.

No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.

“A helicopter and two heavy air tankers were ordered and helped slow the fire’s advance into the evening. A hotshot crew arrived at about 8:30 p.m. and began building containment line as the aircraft cooled the edge of the fire,” the update said.

Two more helicopters and two more hotshot crews will arrive on Friday, and will begin working the fire in the early morning hours, with the goal of fully containing it as soon as possible.

Those with cabins in Monviso are advised to stay out of the area.

Motorists on the Mirror Lake Highway are being asked not to stop on the roadway and to stay clear of all firefighting operations.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect over the fire area and drone use is prohibited by state and federal law.

Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information is made available.

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