Murdock Fire Update September 7, 2018

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

Thanks to the hard work of the firefighters, the Murdock Fire is now at 80% completed, and is at 600 acres. The Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition to a Type 4 Incident Management Team at 6:00 a.m. this morning.  This will be the last official press release for this fire unless significant change. 

Firefighters used confine and contain suppression techniques which allowed this fire to fulfill its natural role within the high-elevation landscape, while minimizing risk to firefighters and the public.  Fire crews used hand firing and aerial ignition techniques early this week to reduce hazardous fuels, help stimulate and regenerate aspen and improve forest health and wildlife habitat. 

Smoke will continue to be visible from several spots along the Mirror Lake Highway and surrounding areas as the fire creeps through down and dead fuels. Over the next couple days a crew will remain in the area and continue with chipping operations and hazard tree removal.  With this operation still in place the temporary closure order will stay in place.  

Personnel and resources assigned include two engines and a 20-person initial attack crew.  Total personnel on the fire is 25

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.