UPDATE: William Fire now 43% contained

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SUNDAY 9/20/2020 10:00 a.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William Fire, located two miles south of Santaquin has burned an estimated 5,832 acres and is currently 62% contained, according to fire officials.

SATURDAY 9/19/2020 10:00 a.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William Fire, located two miles south of Santaquin has burned an estimated 5,790 acres and is currently 62% contained, according to fire officials.

FRIDAY 9/18/2020 9:55 a.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William Fire, located two miles south of Santaquin has burned an estimated 5,450 acres and is currently 43% contained, according to fire officials.

THURSDAY 9/17/2020 10:45 a.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William Fire, located two miles south of Santaquin remains at an estimated 4,346 acres and is currently 45% contained, according to fire officials.

WEDNESDAY 9/16/2020 12:00 P.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William Fire, located two miles south of Santaquin remains at an estimated 4,346 acres and is currently 45% contained, according to fire officials.

TUESDAY 9/15/2020 11:05 a.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William Fire, located two miles south of Santaquin has burned an estimated 4,346 acres and is currently 45% contained, according to fire officials.

MONDAY 9/14/2020 11:20 a.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William Fire, located two miles south of Santaquin has burned an estimated 4,332 acres and is currently 61% contained, according to fire officials.

SUNDAY 9/13/2020 2:16 p.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William fire has grown to 4,332 and is 55 percent contained, according to fire officials.

SATURDAY 9/12/2020 12:52 p.m.

UTAH (ABC4 News) – The William fire has grown to 4,332 and is 51 percent contained, according to fire officials.

FRIDAY 9/11/2020 10:00 a.m.

A new update Friday lowers the amount of the fire contained and the amount of acres burned. The information release says firefighters will continue working on direct and indirect fire lines creating a more secure perimeter, while also suppressing hotspots in the interior. This aids in stopping burning material from crossing the fire line and starting more fire.

Helicopters are continuing to support firefighting efforts by providing water to ground resources when needed. The helicopter crew members help build fire lines and extinguish hotspots when they are not assisting flying.

Pole Canyon Road and the Mona Pole Road are still closed.

Hunters with limited entry Bull Elk tags, please check your unit, be sure to stay out of the closure area. We aim to keep the public and firefighters safe, you aim will help.

WEDNESDAY 9/10/2020 11:00 a.m.

Smoke is expected to be minimal, an infrared flight showed that 82% of the fire continues to have heat and glow.

Drones need to stay out of the area. There is a Temporary Flight Restriction in place (TFR) recreational aircraft (drones) and private aircraft cannot stay over the fire.

Pole Canyon Road and the Mona Pole Road are closed.

People are being asked to stay away from the area to protect them and the firefighters

Officials say the fire is human-caused and was started by target shooting. The fire has burned an estimated 4,895 acres and is currently 18% contained.

MONDAY 9/7/2020 6:00 p.m.

The William fire has grown to 2,000 acres and is still 5 percent contained, according to fire officials.

Most of the fire growth on Monday was to the south and southwest. Crews say they have been challenged by strong winds and hot temperatures thoughout the day.

“The fuels are just so dry,” said Jennifer Hansen, public information officer for the fire.

“Even the cooler temperature doesn’t give them the moisture that they need,” she added.

On Monday night, Eli Ranch was still evacuated. A type 2 team has been ordered for the fire as more resources are being asked for to continue the firefight. So far, a cabin in the fire zone has been spared — thanks to the hard work of firefighters to build containment around it. Homes in the nearby Santaquin neighborhood have not been evacuated, though residents are near enough to watch the aerial attack on the horizon.


ORIGINAL STORY: 4,000 acres burned by William Fire in Santaquin Canyon

MONDAY 9/7/2020 11:00 a.m.

SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC4 News) – As of Monday, the William Fire in Santaquin Canyon has burned 1200 acres.

Officials said their Sunday night operations were able to continue construction of the containment line and the fire is now 5% contained.

During the evening, spectators gathered near Pole Canyon Road to watch the smoke.

“We was up on the Santaquin Bench earlier,” said Rick Wall, a resident. “You can see it a lot better up there.”

For Wall, the flames are reminiscent of a wildfire a few years back.

“The devastation,” he said. “It’s a lot more from what we can see where we are right now.”

On the other side of the mountain, flames quickly ravaged through the dry brush since smoke was first detected around 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon.

“Due to the Red Flag warning and conditions, very dry grass and brush, the fire started. It quickly grew,” said Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

The cause is under investigation, but officials say the fire started on private land and maybe human caused.

As a result, Eli Ranch was evacuated. “At this time, the values that are threatened are the wildlife management area that is through the division of Wildlife Resources for the state and also Rocky Mountain Power has a corridor that is within the fire area,” said Hansen.

As part of the response effort, crews from multiple agencies are helping to douse the flames.

“We have 13 engines,” said Hansen. “Five of those are from the Forest Service assisting, and eight are from local, county and Santaquin, Payson, Genola and Rocky Ridge.”

In addition to the effort on the ground, a total of nine aircraft fought the flames from the air. Time was of the essence as officials anticipate strong winds Monday that will keep the aircrafts from flying.

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