News Release August 15 Am
Incident: Millville Wildfire
For Immediate Release
Cache County, Utah - August 15, 2013
10 am Update Millville Fire
The Millville Fire made a significant run yesterday prompting officials to implement a mandatory evacuation of areas along a segment of the Blacksmith Fork road and an area along the Left Hand Fork road. Structures are threatened within the evacuation area. The fire remains north of the Blacksmiths Fork road and south of the ridge separating the Millville drainage and Blacksmith Fork canyon. Heavy air-tankers were used late yesterday successfully preventing the fire moving north into upper Millville Canyon. The fire increased in size by approximately 600 acres yesterday. Due to more accurate mapping the size of the fire is 2750 acres. The fire is 20% contained.
Thursday Fire crews will focus on securing the fire line along the ridge line between Millville Canyon and Blacksmiths Fork Canyon. In addition crews will be working along the Blacksmiths Fork road to insure the fire remains north of the road. A Red Flag alert remains in effect through 9pm today. These same conditions contributed to the fire spread that occurred yesterday.
A strike team of five fire engines were ordered and are expected to be in place by this afternoon. Three additional helicopters will be added to assist fire fighting efforts. Fire managers are pinching the fire towards the intersection of the Blacksmith Fork road and the Left Hand Fork road. Burnout operations will occur when conditions warrant to keep the fire north of the Blacksmith Fork road. The fire activity is in very steep terrain making fire line construction extremely difficult. Most of line work can only be effective either on ridge tops and along roads. The work requires a compliment of helicopter water drops to be the most effective. A Northern Utah Type 3 Incident Command Team continues managing the incident. 170 personnel are working on the fire, including five hand crews, five engines, 4 helicopters, and 2 air tankers are available. .
The mandatory evacuation area begins at the mouth of Blacksmiths Fork canyon beginning approximately at the Sleepy Hollow road intersection and extends east to the intersection with the Left Hand Fork road (approximately 6 miles). The mandatory evacuation also includes the Left Hand Fork Canyon area beginning at the Left Hand Fork road intersection with Blacksmith Fork road and extends to the Gray Cliff springs area (approximately 7 miles). The Blacksmiths Fork Canyon road is closed to all nonessential traffic from the intersection with the Sleepy Hollow road to the Left Hand Fork road. The Left Hand Fork road is also closed to nonessential traffic. Millville Canyon remains closed.
Trails in the Left Hand Fork, Richards Hollow, Herd Hollow, and Gray Cliff springs areas are closed.
A public meeting is scheduled tonight at the Heritage Elementary School gymnasium in Nibley (925 W. 3200 S.) beginning at 8pm. Fire managers would like to provide an update on the status of the fire and discuss the evacuations that are currently in effect.
The Millville Fire started on Sunday morning, August 11, 2013 by lightning.
Larry Lucas, Fred Noack
801-573-6622, 801 690-4081