News Release August 18 Am
Incident: State Wildfire
Acres: 29, 827 Start date: August 8, 2013
Cause: Lightning Location: 8 miles west of Portage, UT
Containment: 80% Fuels: Timber, grass and understory
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 6 crews, 21 engines, 12 water tenders, 3 dozers
Total personnel: 330 Available air support: 1 helicopter
Summary: Yesterday, interior fuel continued to burn but no new growth or interior runs were observed. Today firefighters will patrol the fire line and mop-up any hot spots within the perimeter of the fire. Rehabilitation of the dozer lines around the fire continues.
For the next several days we can expect near normal temperatures and humidity. There will be a slight chance of thunderstorms and gusty winds; however, fire behavior should be minimal. Please be aware that smoke will continue for several weeks as interior pockets of fuels continue to burn.
Many of the firefighters that have suppressed the State Fire are being released to respond to other incidents or return to their home units; however, there will continue to be firefighters committed to the fire to patrol and mop-up.
Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) team. Specialists of different disciplines will work with the agencies affected by the fire to assess damage and recommend actions to protect the burned area and mitigate hazards.
This is the final press release from the Arizona Central West Zone Team for this fire. Effective 6 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2013, the fire will be managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team with Wade Christopherson as the Incident Commander.