Bear Trap Fire Remains at 0% Containment

A fire that started on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation on July 21st remains at zero percent containment. The Bear Trap Fire started on a ridge just north of Bear Trap Knoll, west of Big Springs in a very remote area. It was inaccessible by vehicle but helicopters immediately began to work on the fire. In the two and a half weeks since, the Bear Trap Fire has grown to 2,077 acres. According to the BIA Forestry & Wildland Fire - Uintah & Ouray Agency, the fire is being managed as a Type III incident and resources on scene include the Navajo Wildfire Module, San Carlos Wildfire Module, one type 3 helicopter, a bulldozer, and a Fire Line EMT. “The fire continues to burn in very steep and rugged canyons allowing very limited access to the fire,” shares the BIA update. “Using the dozer and fire modules road improvements near the fire’s edge have helped in keeping the fire to the west of nearby roads. Only 5 percent of the fire’s edge is workable by resources on the ground and they will continue to work this area.” About 5 to 10 acres of the fire has moved onto BLM land.  Officials expect the fire to continue to burn and smoke over the next few weeks.

Photo Cred:  BIA Forestry & Wildland Fire - Uintah & Ouray Agency

Photo Cred: BIA Forestry & Wildland Fire - Uintah & Ouray Agency


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.