June 13, 2018 Willow Creek Fire Update

Contact(s): KJ Pollock (801) 558-8016

Heber City, Utah, June 13, 2018 – The Willow Creek Fire, located north of Highway 40 and Strawberry reservoir on the Heber-Kamas Ranger District has burned 1,100 acres and is 10% contained. The fire has been determined as lightning caused and was reported on June 6th.  There are no threats to structures, campgrounds, or powerlines. 

Firefighters are using confine and contain suppression techniques, allowing fire to play its natural role. These techniques will help regenerate aspen growth and minimize fire effects in critical sage-grouse habitat.  Fire crews continue to monitor the progression of the fire and utilize suppression efforts if necessary. The public may see an increase in smoke in the area in the afternoon, due to these firing tactics.

Personnel and resources assigned include three engines, one 20-person hotshot crew, one 20-person initial attack crew and one helicopter.  Total personnel on the fire is 85. 

An temporary area closure has been implemented north of Highway 40, west of Co-op Creek road (area closure includes Forest Service roads #451 and #393), south of Bjorkman Hollow road and east of Strawberry River road (area closure includes Forest Service roads #389 and #735).  This area will be closed for public and firefighter safety. The Bjorkman Hollow road is closed.   Co-op Creek road will remain open up to the seasonal closure gate.  Strawberry River road will also remain open.  A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been implemented.

Photo of helicopter being utilized on the fire
Photo of the helicopter being used on the Willow Creek fire
Photo of aerial firing (plastic spherical dispenser, psd) techniques to burn out thick pockets of dead conifer trees 

Photo of (plastic spherical dispenser, psd) a technique to ignite fire on ground from helicopter