Two Wildfires are burning on the Forest Northeast of Kamas. Murdock Fire and Slate FireĀ 

Release Date: Sep 5, 2018  

Contact(s): Brenda Bushell 435-783-8702


Kamas, Utah– Two Wildfires caused by lightning are burning on the Forest east of Kamas. Both fires are burning in mixed-conifer and aspen forest with significant dead and downed vegetation.

  • Firefighters are using confine and contain suppression techniques, which will allow these fires to fulfill a natural role within the high-elevation landscape, while minimizing risk to firefighters and the public.
  • Today fire crews will continue to use aerial and hand ignition firing to reduce the duration of the fire and minimize firefighter and public risk.
  • Personnel and resources assigned include two engines, three 20-person initial attack crew, one 10-person crew, and two water tenders.  Total personnel on the fire is 107

Slate Fire, located 6 miles northeast of Kamas, was reported on August 23, 2018 and has burned about 30 acres at this time. Fire personnel will continue to monitor the fire.  Smoke maybe visible from Highway 40, Highway35, and Highway 150 around the Slate Creek and Yellow Pine area. Please do not report.

Murdock Fire, located 22 miles northeast of Kamas, was reported on August 28, 2018. The fire is burning between Forest road #137 and #027. By end of shift today the fire will be about 600 acres and 52% completed. Smoke may be visible from several spots along the Mirror Lake Highway (UT Highway 150), especially near the Murdock Basin Road and in the Bald Mountain area. Please do not contact 911 or the Forest Service to report.

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.   A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been implemented.

Fire activity Slate Fire 9/4/2018
Photo showing the fire activity on the Slate fire September 4, 2018
Murdock Fire 9/4/18 after aerial ignitions
Photo showing the fire activity on Murdock fire after aerial ignitions on 9/5/18





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