Wildfire threatening Beaver Mountain Ski Resort

LOGAN — Beaver Mountain Ski Resort has been placed on a pre-evacuation notice, after the nearby Peterson Hollow Fire continued to spread in the last 24 hours.

MaryEllen Fitzgerald, Fire Information Officer with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, said the fire has grown to 389 acres and is 0% contained.

Tuesday’s hot winds, low humidity and dry fuel was expected to allow fire lines to continue growing.

Fitzgerald said around 140 firefighters are working on the fire. They are being helped by air tankers and helicopters, who are continuing to drop water and retardant on hot spots.

The fire was first reported Sunday afternoon. The cause is still unknown.

Fitzgerald explained that structures around the ski area are not in immediate danger but crews are protecting them in case winds continue to carry the fire southeast.

Crews have closed Peterson Hollow, Highline, and Beaver Creek and Sink Hollow (on the Utah side) to the public. They are asking that all recreationists adhere to closures for both the public’s and firefighter’s safety. Franklin Basin Road is open.

Fitzgerald said the fire has not yet crossed into Idaho. Crews are attempting to keep it east of the Logan River Drainage, north of Beaver Mountain and south of the state border.

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