Containment levels for Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires up
Containment numbers for both the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires are up, while the fires’ growth slowed over the weekend.
The Bald Mountain Fire jumped from reported 20 percent containment Sunday to 33 percent containment as of Monday morning, while the Pole Creek Fire jumped from 34 percent containment Sunday to 41 percent Monday morning.
Both fires are reported at the same acreage they were Sunday, with Bald Mountain at 18,596 acres and Pole Creek at 101,423 acres.
A cold front passed through the area Sunday afternoon and evening, bringing light rain showers through much of the fire, according to a press release from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team. Fire activity will be reduced today with cooler temperatures and higher humidity.
Firefighters will be on the lookout Monday for any new fires started by Sunday’s lightning strikes.
The increased containment on the Bald Mountain Fire came despite winds that kept helicopters from working hot spots in the afternoon, the press release said. Aircraft is expected to be able to assist crews Monday.
Resources from both the Bald Mountain and the Pole Creek fires are working together to plan operations at the Covered Bridge community, which is still under a mandatory evacuation.
Despite high winds, firefighters made progress on the southeast corner of the Pole Creek Fire as well as the north west section near Wanrhodes.
Priority areas for firefighters will be the Wanrhodes Creek and Covered Bridge, where structure protection efforts continue, as well as a portion of the southeast corner for the fire near Coffeepot Trail, the press release said.
A mobile retardant base has been established at the Diamond Fork Group site for aerial suppression efforts. So far, air tankers have dropped 757,264 gallons of retardant and 131,623 gallons of water. Helicopters have dropped an additional 250,491 gallons of retardant and 798,004 gallons of water, according to a press release from the Great Basin Incident Management Team.
Though U.S. Highways 89 and 6 have been reopened following evacuation orders and mandatory evacuations were lifted on the cities of Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge, mandatory evacuations in Covered Bridge, the Right Fork of Hobble Creek and the Diamond Fork areas remain in effect.