Wildfire burning southeast of Beaver increases to 1,100 acres

Smoke rises Monday afternoon from the Thompson Ridge Fire, which has burned approximately 1,100 acres in the Fishlake National Forest, Aug 7, 2023 | Photo courtesy of Brittney Holyoak, St. George News

BEAVER — The Thompson Ridge Fire, which is burning approximately 11 miles southeast of Beaver, has increased in size to 1,100 acres since it started by a lightning strike Friday.

Red shaded area shows the Thompson Ridge Fire, which has burned approximately 1,100 acres in Fishlake National Forest, Utah, as of Aug. 7, 2023 | Image courtesy of Utah Wildfire Info, St. George News

Public Information Officer David Tait told St. George News late Monday afternoon the most current figure is based on an aerial inspection that was conducted late morning/early afternoon.

Tait added there is neither a current containment percent estimate nor is there an estimate as to when the fire will be fully contained but that “fire activity is within the perimeter.”

A Type 3 incident management firefighting team will move into place Wednesday morning, Tait said. Currently, resources ordered to fight the fire include one Type 6 Engine, Tushar Mountain Wildland Fire Module (WFM) and one Type 3 helicopter, according to a Wildfire Fact Sheet from Central Utah Interagency Fire.

The fire is within Fishlake National Forest and is burning heavy dead and downed timber and mixed conifers. Fire behavior is being reported as smoldering, creeping and single-tree torching, the fact sheet said.

“Fire managers are evaluating potential control features and are developing objectives commensurate with the values at risk,” the fact sheet said.

No evacuations have been ordered and no structures are threatened, though Forest Trail 068, used primarily by all-terrain vehicles, is closed, Tait said.

For up-to-date information, visit the Utah Wildfire Info website.

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