9 am Update -- Millville Fire
Fire crews successfully completed the burnout east of the community of Hyrum Monday evening significantly reducing the threat to the nearby Chokecherry subdivision. The burnout was an expected part of the protection plan, however timing of the operation occurred much sooner than expected as favorable conditions developed in the late afternoon.
Today’s efforts will focus on the fire’s south and southeast flanks, with a primary objective to keep the fire north of the Black Smith Fork Canyon road. The fire is approximately 2250 acres and remains approximately ten percent contained. The fire is burning in very steep terrain making fire line construction difficult. Containment calculations are typically updated after each day’s operation. A Northern Utah Type 3 Incident Command Team is managing the incident. 150 personnel are working on the fire, including five hand crews, five engines, 2 helicopters, and 2 air tankers.
A structure protection plan for the Chokecherry Subdivision at the mouth of the canyon will remain in effect until conditions change.
Millville Canyon is closed. The road in Black Smiths Fork Canyon remains open to through traffic only. People driving up the Black Smiths Fork road must keep moving and not stop to observe the fire or watch fire-fighting operations.
Other than 3 utility poles no structures have been damaged and no injuries to firefighters have been reported.
The Millville Fire started on Sunday morning, August 11, 2013 by lightning.