UPDATE: Crews double containment on Peterson Hollow Fire

LOGAN — Firefighters made progress over the weekend on the Peterson Hollow Fire that has been burning for more than a week, north-east of the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort.

MaryEllen Fitzgerald, fire information officer for the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, said fire crews took advantage of favorable winds Saturday and Sunday, extinguishing hotspots of the blaze that has burned 1202 acres. The fire is now 22% contained.

There are 311 firefighters currently working the fire that was first reported last Sunday afternoon. They are being supported by air tankers and helicopters that are being used for fire suppression, and dropping supplies to fire crews camped on the mountain.

Fitzgerald said there has been an increase of smoke, visible the past two days that fire managers had expected. They report it is coming from the interior of the fire during the warm, dry afternoons.

Firefighters are working to keep the fire east of the Peterson Hollow Drainage, north of Beaver Mountain, and west of Beaver Creek. US-89 through Logan Canyon remains open to the public, and some smoke may be visible in the area of the fire. An area closure remains in effect on the Utah side of the state line and a trail/road closure is in effect on the Idaho side.

Fitzgerald said fire officials are thankful for members of nearby communities for their continued support.

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