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  • Black Mountain Fire Burns out of Control
    by Tracie Sullivan
    Published - 07/02/13 - 09:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (BEAVER COUNTY, Utah) - A lightning caused fire, Black Mountain Fire, actively burned today three miles southeast of Minersville in Beaver County. Starting at around 5 pm, the fire grew from a mere 75 acres at approximately 6 pm to 750 acres within three hours. The fire is heading toward the Iron County line.

    “The fire is at this point, out of control, said Bureau of Land Management Fire Information Officer, Nick Howell. We’re hoping it will die down after the sun goes down and the lower temperature, higher humidity levels and slower winds will help us get a little more control over it.”

    Multiple agencies are now on the scene and a type III team from Color Country has been assigned to oversee the logistics and management of the situation. Howell said crews will probably be fighting the fire until around 11 at which time they will have quit.

    One cabin is currently threatened by there have not been any evacuations. Maple Springs, Black Mountain and the Camel Hollow Roads are closed.

    Howell said, more information will be available tomorrow as the fire crews assess the situation after they wake at 5 am and see whether or not the fire has died down overnight.

    Fire Behavior: Torching, running, and spotting fire behavior is observed.

    Fuels: Pinyon and Juniper, Cheatgrass and Brush.

    Fire Crews/Resources: 4 Fire Engines, 2 Water Tenders, 2 Hand Crews, 1 Type III Helicopter, 1 Air Attack Platform, 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS), and Various Overhead. Approximately 60 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Additional resources are being dispatched.

    Injuries: No injuries have been reported.

    For more information on fires in Utah visit www.utahfireinfo.gov.

    Get the latest fire updates on Twitter @UtahWildfire

    (Use hashtag #BlackMountainFire)
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