HUNTINGTON — Emery County officials are closing state Route 31 as a wildfire has grown to more than 7,000 acres.
Route 31 is closed from the Huntington Power Plant to milepost 18.5, near the turnoff to Miller Flat Reservoir, Emery County Sheriff’s Department officials said on Facebook on Wednesday evening.
The closure is due to “increasing fire behavior,” officials said. Trail Canyon also was being evacuated.
As of Wednesday morning, the fire had consumed 7,154 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to fire officials. It is burning in the Manti-La Sal National Forest northwest of Huntington.
On Wednesday, 262 firefighters, five helicopters and 11 engines were assigned to the fire, officials said on Inciweb, the federal wildfire information site.
There is a possibility of critical weather conditions in the fire area Thursday, with hot, dry and windy conditions. Thunderstorms with rain are expected over the weekend.
Forest Trail 0051 and Forest Roads 0034, 2302, 2181, 2180 and 2182 were still closed as of Wednesday, officials said. The closure area is likely to grow further as the fire moves to the north.