The Church Camp Fire started on June 24th, on Sate of Utah land 22 miles south of Duchesne, UT. The fire had grown to over 5,000 acres in less than a week and caused the evacuation of Argyle Canyon, a popular summer cabin and recreation area for Salt Lake, Provo, and local residents. The cause remains under investigation.
In spite of considerable efforts, Initial Attack firefighters were unable to contain the fire with the resources they had available. A Type 2 Incident Management Team was ordered to assist with management of the incident.
On June 27, the fire moved onto the Ashley National Forest.
The Church Camp Fire continues to make runs to the north and east. It has burned through Argyle Canyon and into Mill Canyon.
Steep, rocky terrain, very dry stands of mixed conifer, aspen, and sage fuels combined with high temperatures and low humidity makes line construction and fire suppression difficult for firefighters.
Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, along with Duchesne County, and the Ashley National Forest's Duchesne Ranger District are working together on this incident to allow the Duchesne Community and others displaced by the evacuations and road closures to return to normal as quickly as possible.
|Date of Origin||Sunday June 24th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||22 miles S. of Duchesne|
|Incident Commander||Tracey Swenson|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday July 06th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (litter and understory) Mixed Conifers, aspen, sagebrush
Minimal activity, smoldering and creeping.
Transition to Swenson's T3, both Church Camp and Uintah fires 100% contained. Local landowners who did not lose property were escorted into the Church Camp Fire area today by the Sheriff.
Mop-up and monitor both incidents.
The county will open the Church Camp fire area to the public on Tuesday morning, July 10. This is the final 209, unless a significant event occurs.
|Wind Conditions||10 mph NE|