LOGAN — Containment of the Peterson Hollow Fire continues to increase as firefighters look forward to cooler temperatures to aid their efforts.
Sierra Hellstrom, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest fire information officer, said Friday morning that the fire is now 45% contained and has continued to grow slightly the last few days. It has now burned 1,242 acres.
Fire managers are pleased with their progress on the fire that was first reported northeast of the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, August 21. They are cautiously optimistic about continued success though, as stormy weather but cooler temperatures are forecasted through the Labor Day weekend. Rugged terrain and dense vegetation are also slowing their efforts.
There are 370 firefighters working the fire, securing the perimeter and holding existing lines. Helicopters are continuing to provide air support, dropping water on hotspots and delivering supplies to crews.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is also warning travelers, driving through Logan Canyon, to 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.
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.
Firefighters are still predicting full containment by September 8. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
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