Murdock Fire September 1, 2018 Update

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

The Murdock Fire was reported on August 28, 2018, has burned 30 acres and is 20% completed. The Murdock Fire, determined as caused by lightning, is located 22 miles northeast of Kamas, approximately 3½ miles east of Highway 150.   The fire is burning between Forest road #137 and #027 and is burning in mixed-conifer and aspen forest with significant dead and downed vegetation. There are no values at risk at this time. 

Today cooler temperatures and a little rain fall helped crews working on the fire.  Crews are continuing to work along the outer edges of the fire dropping hazardous trees.   Firefighters are using confine and contain suppression techniques which will allow this fire to fulfill its natural role within the high-elevation landscape, while minimizing risk to firefighters and the public.

Personnel and resources assigned include one engine, two 20-person initial attach crew, two 10-person crews.  Total personnel on the fire is 70.

A temporary area closure has been implemented beginning at the Murdock Basin road (Forest Service road#137) two miles up from Utah State Highway 150 at the staging area.  Forest Service road #137, Forest Service road #027, and ATV Trail #304.  This area is closed for public and firefighter safety.   

Smoke maybe visible from Highway 150 around the Murdock Basin Road up to the Bald Mountain area. Please do not contact 911 or the Forest to report.

Map showing the Location of the Murdock Fire Heber-Kamas Ranger District