Bald Mountain Fire


Incident #: UWF-892
Fire Start: 7 months ago
Location: 5.5 miles SE of Rocky Ridge, UT
Acres: 18,620
Agency: Northern Utah Interagency Fire Center (UT-NUC)

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 1 hour, 55 mins ago — The Bald Mountain Fire started by lightning on August 24, 2018 in the Mount Nebo Wilderness just off the top of Bald Mountain. Due to a recent rain, a reduction in fire danger, and it being a natural ignition at just below 11,000’ in the wilderness, the decision was made to employ a monitor strategy. Over the course of the next 2-3 weeks, the fire only grew to about 20 acres. On the afternoon of September 12, the fire became very active due to low RH and high winds; fire quickly spread off the mountain and continued to actively burn. The first evacuations were Thursday, September 13th. That day a decision was made to order a Type 1 Incident Management Team, IMT. Currently the fire is being managed in conjunction with Pole Creek Fire by California Interagency Incident Managment Team 1 (McGowen)See the links on this inciweb site for videos of helicopter flights and daily operational briefings.See...


Incident Contact
Bald Mountain Fire Information
Phone: 385-955-0770
Hours: Daily 7 am - 9 pm
Fire Unit Information
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
857 West South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 12:15 PM
1 Mile from Payson and Elk Ridge, UT
Incident Commander
Scott Robison (Type 3)
39.872 latitude, -111.743 longitude

Current Situation

18,620 Acres
% Contained
Estimated Containment Date
Wednesday October 10th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (litter, and understory) Mixed conifer with fir. Heavy dead and down and brushy under story. Cured grasses and oak brush on southwest aspects and lower elevations.
Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior observed. Recent and ongoing precipitation has diminished visible smokes.


Planned Actions
Continue to perform repair in coordination with READS where safe to do so.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.

24 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.

48 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.

72 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.

Anticipated after 72 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.
A Type 3 Organization assumed command of the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires at 0700 this morning. Remaining
suppression repair will be completed as the weather allows.