UPDATE: Firefighters reported the fire did not consume any new acres Monday. They have reached 50 percent containment and expect to have it completely contained by the end of shift on Thursday.
UPDATE: More accurate mapping took place this afternoon by a GIS specialist. Acreage burned is 519 acres- 454 BLM acres, 51 Private acres and 14 U.S. Forest Service acres. Fire is still at 10% containment.
UPDATE: Suppression activities are going as expected. Progress is being made on the perimeter of the fire. The additional air resources and crews are making progress.
Fire behavior can be categorized as single tree torching. Flames could also be seen backing down Sawtooth Ridge.
The fire has grown approximately 10 acres Sunday. Wind is expected early Sunday evening, fire managers will wait to see how the fire lines hold during the wind.
A GIS specialist is currently working on mapping the fire for the most up to date acreage.
UPDATE: The Pine Ridge Fire near Vernal has currently is at 10% containment and has burned 240 acres.
Currently, there are no road or campground closures. A helicopter will beon scene to help with firefighting efforts by about noon Sunday. Two more crews are also expected today for a total of four crews on the fire in addition to yesterdays resources.
Resources will continue to mop up along the fireline. We are still waiting for the percentage of containment.
VERNAL, Utah (News4Utah) – A wildfire burning near Vernal, Utah has grown to more than 70 acres. The fire is about 18 miles northwest of Vernal near Deep Creek Road.
It began shortly after 1 p.m. said Heather O’Hanlon, External Affairs Officer for the Green River District.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire has reached an estimated 70 plus acres of Bureau of Land Management land and private property. Homes and campgrounds have not been evacuated, O’Hanlon said. “Evacuation of homes and campgrounds is not a big concern”
One air attack, two heavy tankers, a single engine air tanker, two fire modules and approximately 12 fire engines are responding on scene.
According to O’Hanlon, the fire is being considered a Type 3 Incident and crews are confident they will get it under control.
No injuries or property damage has been reported at this time.
This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.