Update: Containment nears 80 percent on two northern Utah wildfires

An aerial shot taken from an Air Attack plane of the Green Ravine Fire. Photo Courtesy: Utah Fire Info
UTAH, Sept. 5, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have released the latest acreage and containment levels for the wildfires smoking out residents of northern Utah over the past few days.

Green Ravine Wildfire, Tooele County

2,117 acres, 80% contained

The Green Ravine Fire started Tuesday just east of Lakepoint, Utah, a statement from Utah Fire Info said. Whipped by gusting winds, the fire grew to 1,000 acres by the end of the day.

An update on the Utah Fire Info website Thursday said the fire continues to move uphill toward the Farnsworth Peak area. The fire is burning brush and tall grass in steep, rocky terrain. The cause of the fire is still undetermined at this time.

“Wednesday’s efforts focused on using ground and air support to box in the fire and drive it away from the downslope communities and protect the communications site at the top of Farnsworth Peak,” the update said. “Light rain fell on the area Wednesday night which slowed the fire’s progress. No major fire growth occurred as a result of the accompanying winds.”

Patchy vegetation and rocky terrain has halted the fire’s progress northward and crews were successful at keeping the fire from crossing the Oquirrh Mountain Ridgeline. By the end of Wednesday, the size was estimated at 1,719 acres and was 10 percent contained.

Currently, 160 personnel are assigned to the fire, including engine crews, hand crews, hotshot crews, and four helicopters. Two hand crews were released Thursday morning.

“Thursday’s efforts focused on mopping up the western perimeter, putting in containment line in the steep terrain along the southern flank, and utilizing the four helicopters to aid the ground crew suppression efforts,” the update said. “The burn area closest to the communities only has a few areas that are smoldering.”

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Snoqualmie Fire, Layton

128 acres, 76% contained

The Snoqualmie Fire was named for the east Layton street near where it ignited on Monday.

“Firefighters worked in 90 degree temperatures, steep terrain and thick brush to gain a good amount of containment on the fire Wednesday,” said an update from Utah Fire Info on Thursday. “This summer there seems to be a greater wasp population than usual. This makes the work way more difficult as many of our firefighters are being stung as they dig line and mop up hotspots.”

On Thursday, firefighters reinforced containment lines and mopped up remaining hotspots near the fireline.

Resources assigned to the fire are five hand crews, one helicopter and 126 personnel.

A Forest Service closure includes the portions of the Bonneville Shoreline trail that is on National Forest System Lands, Great Western trail and Forest Service roads #083, #083-A, and #083-B and the access from Hobbs Canyon to the Bonneville Shoreline trail and Great Western trail. This includes all motorized vehicles, pedestrian, equestrian, hikers and bikers.

Earlier this week, about 125 east Layton homes were evacuated due to the fire threat.
Residents have been allowed to return since the fire burned up the mountain, away from houses.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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