UPDATE: Cache County Deputy Fire Chief Jason Winn said that at approximately 6 a.m. Monday morning, containment of the Millville Fire was turned over to the U.S. Forest Service. Winn said roughly 150 acres had been burned, and two crews were continuing to work the fire. He also said no houses were threatened, but helicopters would continue to be used to fight the blaze. Winn said Monday’s goal is to contain the north side of the fire.
Currently, the Millville Canyon fire is at 50 percent containment. Though no evacuations have been ordered, the road has been closed on 300 South from 400 – 600 West. Due to the large amount of fires burning in the region, the Millville Fire is being fought by a group of firefighters from Sacramento, Calif. called “The Expediters.”
Fire fighters are working to keep the fire East of the powerlines on the Bonneville Shoreline trail in Millville, North of Millville Canyon and West of Baldy Mountain.
MILLVILLE– A wildfire started burning out of control in Millville Canyon Sunday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. Fire officials have announced that the fire was caused by target shooting in the canyon. Two individuals were taken into custody for questioning but have since been released.
Multiple units were called out to fight the fire as it spread up the side of the mountain. The fire quickly raced up the hillside, out of reach of firetrucks and hoses. Two helicopters were called in as well as two planes with fire retardant to help fight the fire from above. The helicopters were refilling their buckets at the Millville Predator Research facility just south of the canyon.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. the planes were called off. The crew of 50 firefighters and one water tender truck remained on scene trying to get a circle around the fire and contain it. Most of that crew was released as it grew dark but a significant sized crew remained in the canyon trying to keep the fire from growing as winds shifted.
According to a press release, officials say the fire had burned more than 120 acres as of 8 p.m. and is burning an area that has an old fire scar. The terrain is steep and rugged. The fire began on Division of Wildlife Refuge land and spread into National Forest land.
Logan City Fire officials were hoping that the fire would be contained by 10 p.m. Sunday evening but the fire burned into the evening. No structures were threatened during the day but crews were on watch as winds shifted in the evening that caused the fire to change directions. Within two hours of its beginning the fire spread to approximately 100 acres.