Crews worked well into the night of Sept. 5 and spent today securing the perimeter and starting mop-up operations. If progress continues as anticipated, containment will increase to an estimated 75 percent by 10 p.m. tonight. The fire has burned approximately 1,001 acres of grass, sagebrush and juniper in steep, rugged terrain on BLM lands; the cause remains under investigation.
Resources on the wildfire include a Type II helicopter, eight smokejumpers out of Boise, Id., and Alaska, the Juniper Valley Type II crew out of Rifle, Colo., two BLM Type VI engines and two Sweetwater County engines and a water tender. If goals and objectives are met today, resources will begin demobilizing from the incident tomorrow.
Fire activity is visible from Highway 430 and motorists are advised not to drive into smoke obscured areas. The public is asked to use caution or avoid the area entirely as fire behavior can change suddenly and fire spread is unpredictable if high winds develop.