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Fire updates: Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires burn over 90K acres combined

By Linda Williams and Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com | Updated - Sep 18th, 2018 @ 10:54pm | Posted - Sep 18th, 2018 @ 10:05pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — The Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires have now burned over 90,000 acres in Utah County, fire officials say. But crews are gaining ground and increasing containment.

The Pole Creek Fire has burned 74,509 acres and is at 25 percent containment with 689 fire personnel assigned to the blaze, according to the fire's incident commander Marty Adell. The Bald Mountain Fire has burned 15,635 acres and is at 12 percent containment with 671 fire personnel fighting the blaze, according to the fire's incident commander Todd Pechota.

More than 2,000 homes and about 6,000 people remain evacuated, including residents from Birdseye, Woodland Hills, Elk Ridge and the Covered Bridge, Diamond Fork and Sheep Creek areas, as well as the right fork of Hobble Creek Canyon. Residents along U.S. Highway 89 from Thistle to the Sanpete County line are also under evacuation.

Parts of Salem and the left fork of Hobble Creek Canyon are currently on pre-evacuation status, according to Utah County Sheriff's emergency manager Peter Quittner. Officials have asked residents to have their belongings packed and ready to go in case evacuation becomes mandatory.

There is no exact timetable for the evacuations to be lifted, Pechota said. Officials will not allow people to return to their homes until they are absolutely sure they will not have to ask them to leave again soon after.

"That’s something we strive to not let happen because that just doubles the distraction," he added.

U.S. Highway 6 through Spanish Fork Canyon and U.S. Highway 89 remain closed. State Route 201 from the I-80 junction to state Route 202 near Tooele were also closed Monday and Tuesday because of the Tooele Fire.

Westbound lanes of state Route 201 reopened Tuesday afternoon, Utah Department of Transportation officials tweeted. Eastbound commuters will have to use I-80 until at least Wednesday morning, they said.

Monday's Fire Coverage:

This story will be updated with the latest fire information throughout the day.

Tuesday, 10:54pm

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Tuesday, 10:05pm

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Tuesday, 04:03pm

Officials release newest information on Utah County fires during 3 p.m. press conference

Tuesday, 02:46pm

Westbound SR-201 lanes reopen

Tuesday, 02:15pm

Pole Creek Fire 'very active' north of U.S. Highway 6

Tuesday, 01:50pm

Motorists advised to not stop on section of state Route 150 near Mirror Lake

Tuesday, 12:15pm

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Tuesday, 12:15pm

How do the current fires in Utah County compare to past fires in the area?

Tuesday, 11:05am

Community meeting on Utah County fires to be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Salem Hills High School

Tuesday, 09:30am

Officials release newest information on Utah County fires during 9:30 a.m. press conference

Tuesday, 06:41am

Another Red Flag Warning day

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Linda Williams
Liesl Nielsen

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Updated: Thursday November 15, 2018 5:36 am