Be Safe-Fire Season is Upon Us!
As of 7/5 Utah has experienced 343 human caused wildfires totaling 113,048 acres. More information at https://www.utahfireinfo.gov/
Today through 10:00PM Friday the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for our area. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or are imminent. A combination of lightning...dry fuel conditions...and gusty microburst winds will create favorable conditions for new fire starts and extreme fire behavior. During these warnings, no hot work is to be conducted on the mountain, smoking is not allowed on the mountain, and if you see a fire or smell smoke, please report it to dispatch and 911 immediately.
Below is info on local Utah fires and those near other Vail Resorts
Brian Head Fire- 68,407 acres 75% contained started by a homeowner burning brush. Yesterday, firefighters continued to focus their efforts on the northern flank of the fire where the majority of uncontained line is located. Aerial burnout operations were used to reduce the amount of fuel at the head of the fire. Approximately 200 acres were treated. These burnouts will allow firefighters to directly suppress the head of the fire, instead of waiting for the fire to burn to roads and dozer lines that would then be used as containment lines. Burnout operations will occur again today as weather and fuel conditions allow. These burnouts may result in an increase in smoke which may be visible from local communities. 8 helicopters, 59 engines, 37 crews, 1,332 total personnel.
Rosebud Fire-Box Elder County 1,200 acres with 65% containment, started from a lightning strike. Full containment is expected by end of day
Cedar Hills Fire- Box Elder County near Snowville, started by lightning, 5,000 acres 75% contained. Full containment is expected by end of day
Breckenridge - Firefighters aggressively attacked a wildfire 4 miles north of Breckenridge on Wednesday afternoon and appeared to be getting an upper hand on the blaze as evening approached. The fire was first reported before noon and rapidly swept through up to 80 acres of forest in steep, rugged terrain. The Peak Seven neighborhood, which includes 463 homes, is under full evacuation notice. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/05/wildfire-breckenridge-july-2017/
Whistler Blackcomb - Firefighters are battling a fire at the base of Blackcomb Mountain near Whistler Village. The Resort Municipality of Whistler said the ground fire was ignited around 5:30 p.m. Sunday above Painted Cliff Road in the Blackcomb Benchlands area. No homes or structures are affected. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/wildfire-burning-at-base-of-blackcomb-mountain-in-whistler
When it comes to fires, remember to: Report Early and Report Often!
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