Dollar Ridge Fire

Utah Division Of Forestry Fire State Lands

Wasatch County is recovering from the massive Dollar Ridge fire which began last month near the Strawberry Reservoir.

The county's Fire Chief, Ernie Giles, said in his 30 years on the job, it's the worst wildfire he's seen--maybe the worst in that county's history.

Giles told KPCW that the fire is designated as 100 percent contained, but it's still burning in some spots.

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

The Dollar Ridge fire has been burning the entire month of July. The fire started near Strawberry Reservoir in Wasatch County and moved into Duchesne county causing evacuations in both counties.

Now the wildfire is nearly wrapped up. The fire is 93% contained and just over 300 personnel are working towards an estimated July 25th containment day.

Wasatch County has decreased their lone remaining evacuation zone to a pre-evacuation level. Duchesne County is also removing pre-evacuation status from several areas.

Utah Division Of Forestry Fire State Lands

After blazing for more than two weeks, the Dollar Ridge fire near Duchesne is reported to be at 85% containment.

Utah fire authorities report the fire, which was human caused and started July 1st, has burned over 56,700 acres.

Rain over the past few days caused the fire to greatly decrease and there has been very minimal fire growth.

The state reports that day crews will continue to provide protection for structures, secure fire lines and attack the south side of the fire.

For the second day in a row, rain has helped curtail the Dollar Ridge Fire.

The Dollar Ridge Fire has burned 52,000 acres in Wasatch and Duchesne counties, during the past 10 days. Some rain fall Sunday and Monday gave fire fighters an opportunity to suppress the fire.

Containment of the fire jumped to 35% on Sunday at the end of the day on Monday containment was at 45%.

Highway 40 is now open although U-DOT asks that drivers slow down, to 35 mph near milepost 50 and keep traffic flowing.

Utah Division Of Forestry Fire State Lands

The Dollar Ridge Fire has burned 52,000 acres in Wasatch and Duchesne counties. Some rainfall Sunday helped decrease the fire, it also gave fire fighters an opportunity to suppress the fire. Containment of the fire has jumped to 35%.

Crews focused on the area north of highway 40. The highway is now open although U-DOT asks that drivers slow down, to 35 mph near milepost 50 and keep traffic flowing.

Leslie Thatcher

As the winds shifted Thursday, smoke from the Dollar Ridge Fire blew into Summit County – and the P-M 2-point-5 levels jumped sky high into the unhealthy category. While the numbers have dropped into good or moderate - they continue to fluctuate and caught the attention of the Summit County Health Dept. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Summit County Environmental Health Director Phil Bondurant says the smoky skies came on quickly.

The Dollar Ridge Fire has jumped over State Route 40 near milepost 57, about 4 miles west of Fruitland. UDOT has closed the highway from mile post 50 near Strawberry Reservoir to mile post 85 near Duchesne until further notice.

Wasatch County Sheriff’s office issued a mandatory evacuation to 40 Dam Acres, Pinehollow, Aspen Grove campground and marina.

The Dollar Ridge fire started Sunday afternoon and has grown to 42,000 acres, that nearly 60 square miles, with just 4% containment.

Dollar Ridge Fire Ben Fiz

The Dollar Ridge wild fire burning in Duchesne County started on private property in Wasatch County on Sunday afternoon.  It’s burned 30,000+ acres since, with zero containment.  The classification has been moved up to a Type 1 with the team arriving Tuesday night. Carolyn Murray has this:

The “Dollar Ridge” fire started Sunday afternoon and by Monday morning had burned 6,600 acres, that has since jumped to over 30,000 acres burned.

The fire started 4.5 miles Southeast of Strawberry Reservoir, and has worked its way towards the Fruitland and Pinncales area

Evacuations have been ordered for Strawberry Gorge, Camelot Resort, The currant Creek Subdivision and the Pinyon Ridge Subdivision. Somewhere between 200 and 300 homes have been evacuated.

Courtesy Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands

A wildfire near Strawberry Reservoir has burned over 6,600 acres in 24 hours.

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands say the “Dollar Ridge” fire spread quickly due to the steep terrain and high winds. The fire is 4.5 miles Southeast of Strawberry Reservoir.

Crews have used air tankers and helicopters have been used to cool the fire line, but the fire is too hot for ground crews to access. The smoke column is so large it can be seen from Park City and sightings have been reported as far away as Moab.

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