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Fire updates: US Highway 6 closes due to Pole Creek Fire, new blaze closes Great Salt Lake marina

By Linda Williams and Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Sep 15th, 2018 @ 7:02pm | Posted - Sep 15th, 2018 @ 1:47pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two fires burning in central Utah consumed 80,000 acres combined, turned the air unhealthy in parts of Utah County, and forced the closure of U.S. Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon on Saturday, officials said.

The county issued a smoke advisory which will remain in effect until it is rescinded, according to Utah Fire Info.

The Pole Creek Fire has burned 62,844 acres and the nearby Bald Mountain Fire has consumed 17,760 acres, Utah Fire Info posted on social media.

Evacuations remain in effect for over 5,000 residents from the cities of Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge, as well as residents from the Covered Bridge Canyon community in Spanish Fork Canyon.

In addition to U.S. Highway 6, U.S. Highway 89 remains closed in Spanish Fork Canyon from the Thistle Junction to the Utah/Sanpete county line. The Nebo Loop Road and Nephi Canyon Road are closed at the turnoff from state Route 132 in Juab County.

Officials confirmed Saturday morning that no homes have burned.

Friday's fire coverage:

Check back throughout the day for updates on Utah's fires.

Saturday, 06:52pm

Kennecott official: Fire near I-80 not affecting company structures

Saturday, 06:05pm

Gov. Herbert: 'Please exercise every caution' for Herriman fire

Saturday, 06:01pm

Fire near I-80 crosses on to Kennecott property

Saturday, 05:51pm

Structure threatened as high winds affect Salt Lake City grass fire

Saturday, 05:34pm

Grass fire burning in Salt Lake City

Saturday, 05:28pm

Fire officials conducting public meeting with latest information on Pole Creek, Bald Mountain fires

Saturday, 05:13pm

Roads closed due to fire near Great Salt Lake marina

Saturday, 04:01pm

Multiple fire departments responding to blaze near Great Salt Lake marina

Saturday, 03:33pm

Great Salt Lake marina closed due to approaching fire

Saturday, 01:22pm

Utah County: U.S. Highway 6 closed, pre-evacuation notice for Diamond Fork Canyon

Saturday, 12:53pm

Smoke from Utah County fires moves northeast

Saturday, 12:06pm

Little Valley Fire in Wasatch County now 60% contained

Saturday, 11:23am

Morning update: 500 personnel working on Utah County fires

Saturday, 10:02am

Utah County issues emergency declaration

Saturday, 09:00am

Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires: High winds expected


Linda Williams
Jacob Klopfenstein

KSL Weather Forecast