An estimated half inch of rain fell on the Parleys Canyon Fire throughout the night. Another inch and a half is expected through Thursday. Heber City, which is south of the fire, received 1.85 inches of rain. Firefighters will assess weather conditions and continue increasing containment to prevent further growth towards the multiple residences located in Summit Park, Pinebrook, and Lambs Canyon when favorable weather conditions permit. All evacuations were lifted at 8 PM on Tuesday, August 17, allowing residents to return home after four days. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Closure has also been lifted.
All closures on I-80 have been lifted and all lanes of travel are currently open. Despite strong winds yesterday, the existing fireline held and prevented further fire growth.
The total number of assigned resources will decrease beginning today, as wetting rains and accelerated firefighter progress mean fewer firefighters are needed to complete containment. These resources may be sent on to other existing or new fires. Some will get to return home for days off.
Today, the fire will be monitored by minimal staffing to minimize potential hazards created by the rain, including muddy, wet roads and access trails. When safety concerns have been addressed, weather conditions will allow firefighters to take advantage of those conditions present in heavily timbered areas while continuing to construct remaining fire lines needed for full containment. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal today.
Large amounts of water runoff are possible in fire burned areas as weather forecasting models indicate the
potential for an inch or more of rain, including the possibility for flash flooding.