Monsoon rain helping firefighters tame the flames of Jacob City Fire

Jul 14, 2022, 6:13 PM | Updated: May 21, 2023, 4:38 pm

STOCKTON, Utah — Mother Nature finally brought some relief to firefighters across the state as they battle three major wildfires, including the Jacob City Fire in Tooele County.

A few days ago, the skyline was filled with smoke. On Thursday, thanks to the rain, we had a clear view of where the fire has burned and where firefighters are making progress on containment lines.

The Jacob City Fire, which sparked on July 9 and is human-caused, has burned 4,185 acres as of Thursday evening.

Thanks to the quarter-inch of rain that fell in the lower elevation Wednesday night, and the 471 firefighting personnel, the fire is 35% contained. That containment stretches along the north and west rim of the fire. And in a few days, crews should also have containment near Edwards Pass.

The area giving firefighters the most trouble right now is on the east side of the fire near Soldier Canyon.

“This fire is going to be a little more difficult to contain, simply because, if you look closely, the terrain is so incredibly steep,” Public Information Officer Megan Crandall said. “There are a lot of what we call snags — which are dead trees — which are incredibly dangerous to firefighters, so it’s going to take some time to get in there and really work through it.”

Crews said those higher elevation areas also have a canopy of timber and so the recent rain didn’t push through onto the fire. It’s those areas crews continued to focus on on Thursday.

Looking ahead to this weekend, if you have plans to recreate in Tooele County near this fire, think again. A prevention order is now in place — it’s a long list of closures and includes some popular camping areas.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt: How to stay ahead of the 2024 Olympics scams

As Utahns know firsthand from 2002, the Olympics can be a bit chaotic with millions in an unfamiliar place. The situation is sure to entice opportunistic con men with Olympic scams.

14 minutes ago

overview of Moab, a city nestled in red rock...

Daniel Woodruff

New Moab development aims to put dent in workforce housing crisis

When we talk about Utah’s housing crisis, one of the most extreme examples is Moab. Housing there is scarce and expensive, especially for the workers who keep the tourist town running.

30 minutes ago

KSL TV Interviews Dustin Gillespie about Utah's new Fentanyl Task Force. (Ray Boone, KSL TV News)...

Debbie Worthen

New overdose task force in Utah launched, DEA claims it’s a success

The DEA is claiming that a new overduce-reduction task force in the state is a success. Some say otherwise.

41 minutes ago

Matheson Courthouse...

Alexander Campbell

Nephi man sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for sex tourism

A Nephi man is spending up to 30 years in prison for his connection to sex tourism.

3 hours ago

Shelby Lofton and Mark Jones

Wildlife experts looking into possible tularemia outbreak among beavers in state

The Utah Department of Natural Resources has identified 10 animals that have died from tularemia — a disease that can be transmitted to humans.

4 hours ago

Indian Hills Middle School's Amy Shaw, showing her class her collection of pins from the 2002 Winte...

Shara Park

Utah teacher inspires students with her passion for the 2002 Winter Olympics

An Indian Hills Middle School teacher hopes her love for the Olympic Games will inspire her students to get excited about a possible 2034 return.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Monsoon rain helping firefighters tame the flames of Jacob City Fire