Containment of Goose Point Fire tops 60%, fire still at 6,500 acres 03

Homes and a mining site stand as the Goose Point Fire burns on West Mountain on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

The 6,515-acre Goose Point Fire should see an increase in containment by the end of the day, according to Kim Osborn with the U.S. Forest Service.

The containment of the fire grew from 60% Friday morning to 90% Friday evening, though it was erroneously reported to the Forest Service officials as 60% Thursday.

The fire first began Wednesday and spread quickly, being reported at 6,500 acres by Thursday.

By the end of the day Thursday, crews had completed a bulldozer line around the mountain, Osborn said, and then burned from the dozer line back towards the fire.

Now, if you can look up toward West Mountain, there are still a few flames and wisps of smoke, mainly in areas that there’s thicker fuel.

Firefighters spent Friday further securing the fire line, mopping up and looking for hot spots, Osborn said.

Osborn said she expected significant increases in containment numbers Friday.

The cause of the fire was equipment, Osborn said, though an investigation is still ongoing.

Katie England covers local government, the environment and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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