SALT LAKE CITY — In what has been an exceptionally hot and dry summer, even for Utah, firefighters have been battling a number of wildfires across the state.
Below is the latest information from officials on the status of various fires burning in Utah:
HALFWAY HILL FIRE (Wednesday, July 20 - 8:00 a.m.)
The Halfway Hill Fire near Fillmore is now 49 percent contained at 11,778 acres on Wednesday.
The number of people working on the Halfway Hill Fire downsized on Tuesday as fire crews were released to help other fires in the region. Tuesday’s fire activity was minimal.
As the need for suppression work declines, some rehabilitation work is beginning on the fire area. Crews have been working to remove hazard trees weakened by the fire along Sand Rock Ridge Road and to chip trees and shrubs that were cut along roadways during the creation of a fire break. Heavy equipment is also being used to repair sections of full controlled fire perimeter, where containment lines are no longer necessary to keep in place.
Where the fire is still active, firefighters will continue applying backburning techniques to strengthen the fireline between the main fire and the Chalk Creek Road. The eastern portion of the fire is in rugged terrain that neither safe nor effective to attack directly. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor this area, prepared to take action if and when the fire approaches the desired containment lines.
WANSHIP FIRE (Monday, July 18 - 9:43 a.m.)
Sunday afternoon in Summit County, a fire started in an old barn before spreading to grass. It is 100% contained at 40 acres. Evacuations were ordered but have since been lifted. Crews will continue hotspot monitoring and cleanup today.
Full details here.
FIRE ON WEST END OF SALT LAKE CITY (No official name)
A grass fire broke out near I-80 and 7200 West in Salt Lake City Sunday afternoon. It is estimated at 20 acres. Full details here.
JACOB CITY FIRE (Monday, July 18 - 8:34 a.m.)
The Jacob City Fire near Stockton in Tooele County is 92% contained at 4,185 acres.
The fire was sparked Saturday by an exploding generator.
Fire behavior is limited to smoldering and creeping as heavy fuels consume on north slopes of Soldier Creek drainage and Sharp Mountain. Crews will continue to seek out hot spots to extinguish on steep slopes.
Wildfire officials will hold a public meeting at the Stockton Park pavilion Monday at 6:30 p.m., where they will speak to residents about the fire and the potential for flooding from monsoon rains.
PRECISION FIRE (Sunday, July 17 - 2:00 p.m.)
A new wildfire broke out Saturday evening just off the west side of I-15 at about milepost 241, just a few miles south of Santaquin and near the Utah County-Juab County border.
By Sunday afternoon, it was 80 percent contained at 76 acres.
Officials said the fire "looks to be" human-caused, but it is still under investigation.
The #PrecisionFire was GPS’d at 76 acres this morning & 80% containment by this afternoon. Crews feel confident by this evening the fire will be fully contained. Firefighters will continue mop-up efforts & extinguish the remaining interior spots. #kmyffsl pic.twitter.com/gItrx9dVTR— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) July 17, 2022
HILL FIRE (Saturday, July 16, 9:15 p.m.)
The Hill Fire was sparked Thursday evening by lightning on the north side of U.S. Highway 6, west of Billies Mountain.
It is fully contained and burned 10.9 acres.
DRY CREEK FIRE (Thursday, July 14)
The Dry Creek Fire near Oak City in Millard County is fully contained. It burned 1,772 acres.