EMERY COUNTY, Utah, June 27, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Fire officials said Wednesday that the Trail Mountain Fire in Emery County is 80 percent contained and has burned 17,767 acres.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect Wednesday afternoon, continuing through next three days, according to a Twitter post from Utah Fire Info.
On Wednesday, there were four helicopters, 14 engines, eight crews and a total of 364 personnel assigned to the fire.
The public is being warned to drive with care when traveling on State Route 31.
“Increased public traffic, in addition to continued firefighting operations along Highway 31 pose a safety concern to drivers and firefighters,” the Twitter post said.
“Drivers are requested to use caution when traveling SR-31 and abide by the speed limit. Watch for speed limit changes, down to 35 mph, and continue through the canyon without stopping.”
Due to dry, hot, and unstable Red Flag weather conditions, increased fire activity is expected, the post said.
Continued objectives include containment along the north and east sections of the fire and keeping the fire west of SR-31, and ensuring firefighter and public safety.
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.