SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox reported a "miracle" day Saturday as fire crews were able to hold the lines on the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain wildfires, but new evacuations were ordered Sunday.
"(Saturday) was nothing short of a miracle," Cox said in a tweet Sunday morning.
He added that no structures were lost on Saturday. Today will be another test, though, Cox said.
The fire jumped to the north side of U.S. Highway 6 about 2 p.m., officials said. The Diamond Fork and Sheep Creek areas were put under mandatory evacuation orders. The highway had reopened about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, but closed again as of 2 p.m., fire officials said.
Parts of Hobble Creek Canyon were put under mandatory evacuation status about 9 p.m.
Just realized my tweet last night failed to post. Here it is:— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) September 16, 2018
Today was nothing short of a miracle on the #PoleCreekFire & #BaldMountainFire. Despite severe gusts of up to 50mph, fire crews were able to hold lines & no structures were lost! Tomorrow will be another test.🙏🏼✊🏼
As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the Pole Creek Fire has burned 68,347 acres, and the Bald Mountain blaze has scorched another 13,509, according to Inciweb. Pole Creek remains 2 percent contained, officials said.
Meanwhile, a fire that destroyed two homes in Herriman on Saturday has been nearly contained. A fire that sparked near I-80 at the Tooele-Salt Lake county border grew to 800 acres, officials report.
Saturday's fire coverage:
KSL.com will be providing the latest fire updates throughout the day. This story will be updated as more details become available.