News Release August 17 Am
Incident: State Wildfire
Acres: 29, 335 Start date: August 8, 2013
Cause: Lightning Location: 8 miles west of Portage, UT
Containment: 70% Fuels: Timber, grass and understory
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 6 crews, 26 engines, 13 water tenders, 5 dozers
Total personnel: 375 Available air support: 1 helicopter
Summary: With the containment line established completely around the State Fire, fire behavior diminished yesterday. Fuels in the interior of the fire continue to burn showing small smoke plumes and occasional torching and short runs. These fuels will continue to burn until precipitation occurs over the fire area.
Today, firefighters continue mopping up along the fire line, finding hot spots, opening them and mixing the embers with water and dirt to cool them and eliminate the potential for the fire to jump the line into the fuels beyond. Crews are also rehabilitating the fire lines, plowing and seeding them to restore them to their previous condition. Additionally, they will patrol the lines to ensure that the fire does not escape.
With continuing high temperatures, low humidity and frequent windy conditions in the weeks to come, the probability of ignition is exceedingly high. This means that any ignition source from a dropped cigarette to a hot catalytic converter on a parked vehicle in tall grass is likely to start a fire. To prevent this, please be extra careful with fire.