WASHINGTON COUNTY – Firefighters have been have been battling a wildfire in the Dixie National Forest portion of the Pine Valley wilderness since Sunday. Called the Trail Fire, the blaze is located west of New Harmony and is at an elevation of 9,000 feet. It it is believed to have been ignited by lightning.
“Aggressive actions were taken to hold the fire in place due to high potential for it to grow and move into some very rough, inaccessible ground which would have been very risky for firefighters to work in,” Dixie National Forest Fire Management Officer Kevin Greenhalgh said.
The fire is estimated to be 2-acres in size and is 60 percent contained as of 6:30 p.m., Thursday. Full containment is expected by Friday evening.
Air tankers were initially used to fight the fire and keep it in check until firefighters could be flown in. As of Wednesday 15 firefighters, and multiple air-attack resources are engaged in combating the blaze. That number swelled to 35 firefighters on the scene by Thursday evening
Jamie Davis, information officer for the Trail Fire, said the fire had received rain from the storms in the region Thursday as well.
Davis also said a 20-member hotshot team would be flown into the area Friday to help with the fire.
Fuels being consumed by the fire include conifer trees, as well as heavy dead and downed materials.
So far no road closures or evacuations have been issued, no structures are threatened, and no injuries have been reported.
One firefighter was reported injured due to dehydration.
Upated: 6:45 p.m., July 11, 2013
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