LOGAN — Officials say they are making excellent progress on the Peterson Hollow Fire, even as it continues to slowly grow northeast of the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort.
Sierra Hellstrom, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest fire information officer, said on Tuesday that the fire is now 28% contained and has spread only slightly the last few days to 1,213 acres.
Fire managers said while one flank of the fire cooled down, another one picked up, which is common with wildfires. Crews and helicopters are continuing to secure a line around the fire and extinguish flare-ups.
Hellstrom said firefighters expect the fire could continue to increase in size through the weekend, fueled by warmer temperatures, wind and dry conditions. They hope to have the fire fully contained by September 8.
Roads and trails in the area continue to be closed, including Peterson Hollow, Highline, Swan Flat, Beaver Creek and Sink Hollow. Franklin Basin Road remains open but crews are asking that everyone adhere to closures for both the public’s and firefighter’s safety.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has also asked that motorists, driving through Logan Canyon, avoid stopping or parking along US-89. They are advising motorists that Utah Highway Patrol troopers can cite anyone stopping between the Franklin Basin Road turn-off and the canyon summit.
Hellstrom said because of the amount of air support from helicopters, dumping water on the fire and dropping supplies to firefighters, private and commercial aircraft are restricted from flying in the area.
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