Update: Middle Canyon Fire in Tooele County now 56% contained

With fire containment improving to 56 percent Tuesday, crews began cleaning up and chipping slash that was cut during firefighting operations along the Middle Canyon Road fire line. Photo Courtesy: Utah Fire Info

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah, July 31, 2018 (Gephardt Dailiy) — The Middle Canyon Fire in Tooele County is 56 percent contained, Utah Fire Info said in an update Tuesday morning.

According to the update, the human-caused fire is now 171 acres.

A total of 101 personnel are assigned to the fire, which includes one helicopter, six engines, one hotshot crew and two hand crews.

The update said that Monday morning, crews worked hard to increase containment. “There were some mild winds that stirred up a small spot fire outside of the fire perimeter,” the update said. “The spot was quickly distinguished with ground and air support. There are also a few areas within the fire perimeter that are burning with some visible smoke. These signs of smoke should not be alarming.”

Tuesday, crews will continue work to contain the perimeter of the fire, and be on the lookout for any additional spot fires. The helicopter may be used in areas where there is steep terrain.

Middle Canyon and Butterfield Canyon roads are still closed.

The human caused fire is under investigation; anyone who has information regarding the cause of this fire is asked to contact the Tooele County Sherriff’s Office at 435-882-5600.

For information about the fire, click here.



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