Trail Mountain Fire in Emery County now more than 70 percent contained

Trail Mountain Fire. Photo Courtesy: Emery County Sheriff's Office

EMERY COUNTY, Utah, June 24, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Fire officials said Sunday morning that the Trail Mountain Fire in Emery County is 73 percent contained and has burned 17,697 acres.

“Fire activity continued yesterday in Crandall Canyon, but the mine and memorial remain safe,” said a post on Facebook from Emery County Sheriff’s Office. “There were a few flare ups in the rocky terrain above the mine, but the majority burned themselves out. Crews are doing mop up work around the mine and memorial today and will continue watching for hot spots.”

Utah Fire Info posted on Twitter that due to increased containment and decreased fire activity, crews will be transitioning from a Type 2 Management Team to a Type 3 Management Team.

The update from ECSO on Facebook Saturday morning said sprinklers continue to run at the mine and the memorial.

“Firefighters are working on keeping the fire from moving beyond the ridge north of Crandall Canyon,” the update said. “Once again, they will be dealing with a red flag warning in the fire area.”

The Trail Mountain wildfire began when the Trail Mountain prescribed fire escaped across Cottonwood Canyon Road to East Mountain on June 6. An unexpected thunderstorm passing through central Utah spread the prescribed fire, officials said.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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