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The county issued a smoke advisory which will remain in effect until it is rescinded, according to Utah Fire Info.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