Upper Provo Fire: Fire near Mirror Lake Highway now 84% contained

Utah Wildfires

UPDATE (08/17/20): Fire officials report the human-caused Upper Provo Fire is now 84% contained as of Saturday morning and still at 480 acres.

UPDATE (08/08/20): Fire officials report the human-caused Upper Provo Fire is 44% contained as of Saturday morning and still at 480 acres.

Helicopters are assisting firefighters on the ground. Two helicopters diverted to help
with the Parleys Fire that started Thursday.


UPDATE: 08/05/20: According to fire crews the Upper Provo Fire located 22 miles east of Kamas Utah in the Murdock Basin area. The fire estimated to have burned 480 acres and is currently 36% contained.

Murdock Basin Road (Forest Service road #137) and Broadhead Meadows road
(Forest Service road #416) are closed and the area around Murdock Basin and Broadhead
Meadows.


UPDATE: 08/04/20: Fire officials report the Upper Provo Fire is now 18% contained.


UPDATE (08/03/20): – The Upper Provo wildfire burning 22 miles east of Kamas in the Uinta Mountains is currently 8% contained and has burned an estimated 336 acres.

Fire officials said they believed the fire to be human-caused.

Forest Service Roads #137 and #416 are closed, as well as the area surrounding Murdock Basin and Broadhead Medows. Mirror Lake Highway is open at this time.


UPDATE (8/2/2020) 10 a.m. The fire is has burned 336 acres and is still at 5% containment as of Sunday morning.

Closures: Murdock Basin road (Forest Service road #137) and Broadhead Meadows road
(Forest Service road #416) are closed and the area around Murdock Basin and Broadhead
Meadows)

Mirror Lake Highway is open

The fire had moderate activity Saturday, but firefighters were able to establish an anchor
point and build containment lines on the east and west edges of the fire. A hose lay was
inserted along the fireline to help with mop-up activities. Helicopters provided air support
to crews on the ground putting out hot spots.

The decrease in acres is due to more accurate mapping of the fire. For public and
firefighter safety, the Murdock Basin area remains closed.


UPDATE: 8/1 10:45 A.M. Fire officials say the Upper Provo Fire is at 5% containment and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Although, it is believed the fire may have been human-caused.

Closures are still in effect for:

Murdock Basin road (Forest Service road #137) and Broadhead Meadows road
(Forest Service road #416) are closed and the area around Murdock Basin and Broadhead
Meadows.

SUMMIT COUNTY (ABC4 News) -Air and ground resources were dispatched to a fire burning in the Heber-Kamas Ranger District Friday evening.

The fire dubbed the Upper Provo Fire is located on the east side of Mirror Lake Highway in the Murdock Basin area.

State fire officials said the fire was around 30 to 40 acres when it was first reported, but it grew to an estimated 378 acres Friday night.

Hikers and campers in the area have been asked to leave the area as a precautionary measure and to allow the fire suppression equipment and crews access to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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