Measures Taken to Protect Hwy 191 From Church Camp Fire

Incident: Church Camp Wildfire
Released: 1:02 hrs. ago

Duchesne, Utah – Slow but steady progress is being made on the Church Camp Fire burning 20 miles south of Duchesne. As of this afternoon, the fire is being called 10 percent contained and 5,400 acres in size.

Division B, the area closest to U.S. Highway 191, is experiencing less intensive fire activity. Firefighters are more optimistic that if conditions remain as predicted they will keep the fire from crossing the highway. Starting in the late afternoon when winds were favorable, a small burnout, about 0.4 mile in length, was carried out to remove unburned fuel between the highway and the wildland fire backing down the slope.

On the west side of the fire, firefighters continue making good progress, there has been limited movement for the past two days.

Most of the active burning and movement occurred on the eastern flank and the north east sides of the fire.

Plans call for continued structure protection with a swing shift working from late afternoon until past midnight. This will take advantage of an increase in humidity, lessened winds and lower temperatures that normally occur after sunset.

Currently on this fire are 480 personnel, 22 engines, three helicopters, two dozers and four water tenders.