Wildfire continues to burn near Henry’s Fork in the Uintas
July 19, 2016
A wildfire in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, totaling approximately 20 acres, remained active this week while officials continued to assess its progress and take modified suppression action.
The Outlook Fire, is located nearly two miles north of Henry's Fork on the Evanston Mountain View Ranger District, has continued to slowly burn since last week, according to Brian McCloud, a fire prevention specialist with the U.S. Forest Service. No structures are currently threatened.
Flames were first detected on July 12 after a lightning strike in the area ignited dry fuels in the area, McCloud said. He said activity has been slow to moderate as it burns through some "dead and down vegetation."
On Tuesday, McCloud said officials are scheduled to reassess the situation today to continue to ensure firefighter and public safety. However, McCloud said the blaze has its benefits in reducing fuel accumulation.
"It's not exactly a negative thing," McCloud said. "One of the benefits of this fire is it allows the public to get used to seeing flames and helps them understand how it can help suppress future activity."
There are currently no road or trail closures near Henry's Fork. However, McCloud encouraged everyone to use extra caution when recreating in the area. The Forest Service additionally does not have any fire restriction in place, but property owned by the Bureau of Land Management and the state may have different restrictions.
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"Henry's Fork is a popular trailhead and there could be a lot of people up there with the holiday weekend," McCloud said. "We just ask the public to use caution when traveling to that area and to be careful with campfires because it is noticeably getting hotter and drier."
For more information about the Outlook Fire and any potential closure in the area, follow the U.S. Forest Service Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest on Facebook and Twitter. Current fire restriction are also posted on utahfireinfo.gov.