Fire fighters making progress on Radio Hill Fire

View of the Radio Hill Fire (Courtesy: Utah Interagency Fire Center).
View of the Radio Hill Fire (Courtesy: Utah Interagency Fire Center).

Crews are making some progress on the Radio Hill Fire as it continues to produce large plumes of smoke visible through the northern part of the state. The blaze is believed to have stared from a lightning strike northeast of Bothwell, late Sunday night just before midnight.

Box Elder County spokesman Mitch Zundel said as of Tuesday night, the fire is 62% contained and has burned around 2,306 acres. The fire has not grown in size during the past day but crews are continuing to watch the winds that are still in the forecast during the next few days.

There are more than 70 firefighters attacking the fire on the ground, creating containment lines. They have been helped by two helicopters and an air-taker that have dropped water and retardant on hotspots.

The fire is burning in thick grass and sagebrush. It has continued to remain on private land and has not destroyed any structures. There are no evacuation orders.

Zundel explained that air operations were grounded temporarily Monday afternoon, when a drone was spotted in the area. He said as long as drones stay away from the area, air operations will continue.

The fire has produced thick smoke visible through Box Elder and parts of Cache County.

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