A view of the Halfway Hill Fire in Millard County, Utah, July 8, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Utah Fire Info, St. George News
ST. GEORGE- The Halfway Hill Fire is now 10% contained and has burned 11,637 acres. MAccording to a press release from the Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team on Wednesday, the humidity and less gusty wind conditions helped firefighting efforts.
Fire managers will brief the public Friday at 7 p.m. at a community meeting at the Town of Fillmore North Park Pavilion, 460 North Main. Incident management team members, community leaders and agency representatives will provide an overview of fire suppression activities and answer questions, according to the news release.
Firefighting efforts raised containment estimates to 10%, and fire officials cited a break in weather and an increase in crews, equipment and air support as major contributors.
Also Wednesday, helicopters ferried 62 firefighters to hard-to-reach places on the blaze, dropped 13,500 pounds of cargo and dropped thousands of gallons of water on active fire areas.
The Millard County Sheriff’s Office and fire department also lifted the evacuation of the Virginia Hills subdivision last night. Residents have been relocated since the fire began on July 8, according to the news release.
Prolonged dry conditions remain a concern for fire managers, although they were ‘optimistic’ about progress being made to secure the perimeter of the fire and the rain parts about a quarter inch from the blaze received.
Still, fire behavior specialists have warned that moisture will not begin to reduce the burning potential of a forest that has experienced prolonged drought. More rain showers and increased humidity are expected Thursday through Friday. The possibility of intense thunderstorms requires firefighters to watch for slippery, muddy road conditions and lightning, according to the news release.
The fire management team also reminds the public of the following:
Please be aware of increased traffic in and around the fire area, particularly in the early morning and late evening. The safety of the public and firefighters is the first priority in this and all wildfires. Residents returning to their homes will continue to see firefighters and equipment working nearby, including patrolling sections of the now confined fire line.
Fishlake National Forest has a closure order in place near the Halfway Hill fire. Click here to access the closure order, including a full description of trail routes and closed areas, and maps.