Trail Mountain Fire 90 percent contained

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EMERY COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – 

UPDATE: 7/5/18–The fire remains at 18,011 acres and is now 90 percent contained. Officials say there is no longer a Red Flag Warning in effect. This is the last update expected unless there is a dramatic change.

Closures: A new closure order is in effect as of 07/04/18. If you’re planning to recreate in the vicinity this weekend, please be mindful that wildland fires are constantly changing environments. Check fire conditions and closure areas via links below before heading out.
See a map and description of the area at:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5830.

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UPDATE: 7/4/18–The fire has burned 18,011 acres and remains at 85% containment.

A Red  Flag Warning is in effect through Wednesday.

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UPDATED 6/29/18: #TrailMountainFire is now at 85% containment, 17,830 acres. Red Flag Warning continues through today until midnight. For more information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5830/ 

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UPDATED 6/28/18: The Trail Mountain Fire remains 80% contained and has burned 17,767 acres, fire crews say.

Speed limits along SR 31 have been adjusted. Crews ask that drivers continue on through the canyon without stopping to look at the damage.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect.

Closures:  The Manti-La Sal National Forest has an area closure in effect around the fire. See a map and description of the area at:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5830.  Horse Canyon Trailhead, Indian Creek Campground, Little Bear Campground, Lower Little Bear Campground, and Riverside Campsite are closed.  Highway 31 is open, but please drive with caution.

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UPDATED 06/27/18 :  The Trail Mountain Fire is now 80% contained, and a Red Flag Warning will be in effect this afternoon continuing through the next three days. Due to dry, hot, and unstable Red Flag weather conditions, increased fire activity is expected. 

Recent spotting fire activity on the northeast section of the fire, resulting from high winds, has been suppressed and held with helicopter bucket work. Fire continues to consume dead and down timber in aspen stands, but live aspen is not receptive to the fire and continues to hold.

Continued objectives include containment along the north and east sections of the fire, keeping the fire west of SR 31, and ensuring firefighter and public safety. 

Closures: If you’re planning to recreate in the vicinity this weekend, please be mindful that wildland fires are constantly changing environments. Check fire conditions and closure areas via links below before heading out. 

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.

UPDATED 6/24/18- Fire crews say the Trail Mountain fire is 79% contained, and 17,697 acres. 

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UPDATED 6/24/18 – Fire activity continued Saturday in Crandall Canyon, but the mine and memorial remain safe.

Total acreage of the Trail Mountain Fire is 17,697 and containment has reached 73%.

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.

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UDATED 6/23/18- Officials say the Trail Mountain fire is  67% contained and 17,414 acres. Red Flag Warning and critical fire weather continues Saturday. 

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UPDATE 6/22/18- Fire crews say they are doing everything they can to protect the Crandall Canyon Mine and Miner’s Memorial.

“Many days ago, Trail Mountain Fire crews took protective measures in this area by clearing vegetation and installing sprinklers,” a post on Emery County Sheriff’s Office said. “The fire did make a run toward the mine yesterday, but thanks to pre-planning, the firefighting tactics of the Boise Hotshot Crew, engines and air support, the mine and the memorial were protected as the fire quickly burned through the area.”

As of 9:30 p.m. Thursday the fire had reached 16,837 and was 59% contained. 

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UPDATE 6/21/18-  As of 2:00 a.m. the Trail Mountain Fire is 15,720 acres and is now  59% contained. In areas where the fire is contained, fire crews have been working on clean-up and suppression repair.

Closures:  The Manti-La Sal National Forest has an area closure in effect around the fire. See a map and description of the area at:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5830.  Horse Canyon Trailhead, Indian Creek Campground, Little Bear Campground, Lower Little Bear Campground, and Riverside Campsite are closed.  Highway 31 is open, but please drive with caution.

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UPDATE 6/19/18 – As expected, fire behavior on the Trail Mountain Fire picked back up yesterday and smoke was visible from the valley. The fire size is 14,429 acres with 49% containment.

Fire crews are working hard to secure the fire’s edge. A new fire, named the Straight Canyon Fire, was reported northeast of Joes Valley Reservoir, about 4 miles southwest of the Trail Mountain Fire.

An Initial Attack Crew and air support have been sent to that fire and firefighters expect to contain the Straight Canyon Fire by tomorrow.

As of this morning, this new fire was about 2 acres in size. Cause of the Straight Canyon Fire is unknown at this time.

SR 31 is open. However, ECSO encourages you to avoid the area if possible.

Fire crews and equipment are working in the area, so please use extreme caution if you have to travel through the canyon. You can view a map of area closures on the Manti-La Sal National Forest at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5830 

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UPDATE 6/18/18- The fire is now at 40% containment, officials say.

UPDATE 6/17/18 – Overnight clouds prevented aerial mapping of the fire, so there is no updated acreage or percentage of containment information. However, there was no significant growth of the fire yesterday.

Last reported yesterday the fire had spread to over 13,000 acres and was 17 % contained. 

Closed campgrounds:

Horse Canyon Trailhead, Indian Creek Campground, Little Bear Campground, Lower Little Bear Campground and Riverside Campground.

SR 31 was reopened at 7 a.m  Sunday but ECSO encourages motorists to avoid the canyon.

Firefighters and equipment will still be working along the roadway and smoke could reduce visibility at times.

For more information, visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5830/ and Utah Fire Info at https://utahfireinfobox.com/ #TrailMountainFire Utah Fire Info

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UPDATE: [6/14/18]

As of midnight, the fire had grown to 9554 acres and was 10% contained. Bear Canyon, Trail Canyon and Rhino Mine have been evacuated.

SR31 is closed from the Rhino Mine turnoff up to MP 18.5 which is the turnoff to Miller’s Flat. 

UPDATE: [6/12/18]

Officials in Emery County are asking people in the area to conserve water.

“The springs that supply culinary water for North Emery Water Users in Elmo, Cleveland, Lawrence and part of Huntington have been compromised by the Trail Mountain Fire,” a post on The Emery County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page said.

They say the water is safe, but to conserve use because no new water is being stored at this time.

This impacts those who get a bill from North Emery Water Users.

The fire grew to nearly 6,500 acres Monday, officials said. 


UPDATE [06/11/18]: Officials said due to strong wind, the Trail Mountain fire grew more than 800 acres Monday.  Currently at 2,637 acres, and 10 percent containment, the fire has created heavy smoke that has been visible from local communities in Emery, Carbon, and Sanpete counties.


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A fire that began as a prescribed burn by the Forest Service is now an active wildfire.

Forest Service crews were conducting a prescribed burn in the Manti-La Sal National Forest on Trail Mountain. 

Utah Department of Natural Resources said a thunderstorm passed through central Utah Wednesday and caused the fire to spread across Cottonwood Canyon and onto East Mountain.

Nathan Schewbach, Communications Director with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, said the fire was declared a wildfire to obtain additional firefighting resources.

The fire has burned about 300 acres so far. The prescribed burning has stopped and efforts are now focused on containing the existing fire.

“It’s being aggressively attacked by crews,” said Schewbach.

Officials expect the fire will be contained by Sunday.

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