LOGAN — Crews have begun to gain containment on the Peterson Hollow Fire as winds have pushed flames away from the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort and into southern Idaho.
MaryEllen Fitzgerald, Fire Information Officer with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, said the fire has grown to now 1000 acres and is 9% contained.
The fire, which started east of the ski resort, has doubled in size and was pushed northeast by strong winds, low humidity and dry fuel.
Fitzgerald said around 200 firefighters are working on the fire. They were helped Wednesday by three air tankers that dropped retardant on hot spots.
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.
The fire was first reported Sunday afternoon. The cause is still unknown.
Fitzgerald said structure protections remain in place for Beaver Mountain and crews are hoping to have the fire contained within a week.
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