Murdock Fire Burning Northeast of Kamas September 3, 2018 

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


The Murdock Fire was reported on August 28, 2018, has burned about 300 acres and is 30% 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.

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. 

  • Today fire crews used hand ignition firing techniques, and tomorrow aerial and hand ignitions are planned to reduce the duration of the fire and minimize firefighter and public risk.
  • 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 two engines, three 20-person initial attach crew, one 10-person crews, and two water tenders.  Total personnel on the fire is 90.
  • 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.

Photo showing fire activity on the Murdock Fire September 3, 2018
Photo showing fire personnel working on the Murdock Fire September 3, 2018
Photo showing fire activity on the Murdock Fire September 3, 2018





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