Evanston, WY. – The Monviso Fire is currently estimated to be 65 acres in size. The fire didn’t experience any significant growth on Saturday, and it’s behavior was considered moderate for most of the day. By mid-afternoon wind gusts caused some single tree torching in one of several spot fires. Crews used helicopters to cool the flare up. Nearby scout camps and Forest Service recreation areas have been informed that although the probability of further fire growth is minimal, fire spread is still possible. About 8 cabins in the Monviso Subdivision are still under evacuation orders, but all the nearby campgrounds are open to the public. The Mirror Lake Highway is also open; however, caution is advised for those travelling into the Uintas.
Fire managers with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands have directed the Incident Management Team (IMT) to fully suppress the fire and build containment lines due to its proximity to homes, recreation areas and the watershed. 145 total Personnel are working the fire as of Sunday including: 3 hotshot crews, 1 T2 Crew, 4 Engines, and 3 Helicopters.
The cause of the fire has been determined to be related to a campfire. This adds to the growing list of wildfires in Utah caused by careless use and leadership from local, state and federal agencies are increasing patrols for abandoned campfires.
We have received some amazing photographs of the wildfire. Taken by Stacee Rasmussen who was camping across the highway from the fire at the Christmas Meadows campsite. Stacee was notified about the evacuation notice at around 9:00pm on June 21st. She and her family are now safe and away from the area, and have some great photographs to remember the experience.
Photo Credit to Stacee Rasmussen of Evanston Wy.