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Fire updates: U.S. Highway 89 reopens as Pole Creek, Bald Mountain fires burn over 113K acres

By Linda Williams, Liesl Nielsen and Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Sep 20th, 2018 @ 8:46pm | Posted - Sep 20th, 2018 @ 1:47pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two fires in Utah County have burned over 113,000 acres combined, according to officials.

The Pole Creek Fire has burned 95,701 acres and is 32 percent contained as of Thursday evening. The Bald Mountain Fire has burned 17,608 acres and is 12 percent contained.

U.S. Highway 6 through Spanish Fork Canyon reopened Thursday morning, fire officials said on social media.

U.S. Highway 89 reopened later Thursday evening, according to Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon. U.S. Highway 6 has been closed on and off for about a week due to fire activity in the area.

The fires forced the evacuation of about 6,000 residents, but residents on U.S. Highway 89 from the Eagles Landing development, near milepost 302, were allowed back into their homes Wednesday. The area is now on pre-evacuation status.

As of 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Highway 89 is open from the junction with U.S. Highway 6 to the Utah-Sanpete county line, and residents who live along Highway 89 are allowed to return home. The area will be put on pre-evacuation status, according to Cannon.

There is now a website available with information about the Utah County fires and relief efforts at

Watch here for live updates on all the fires throughout Utah.

Wednesday's coverage:

Thursday, 08:43pm

Pole Creek Fire is 32 percent contained

Thursday, 05:45pm

U.S. Highway 89 reopens after extended closure due to Pole Creek Fire

Thursday, 03:53pm

Fire at Salt Lake recycling center controlled, cause under investigation

Thursday, 02:33pm

People asked to avoid area near fire at SLC recycling center

Thursday, 01:47pm

Fire at SLC recycling center creates black smoke plume

Thursday, 11:07am

Crews ask residents in left fork of Hobble Creek to open gates, move propane tanks

Thursday, 09:22am

Salem residents spot cougars after Utah County wildfires push animals out of their habitat

Thursday, 09:22am

Updated map of the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires allows residents to search for their addresses

Thursday, 09:22am

Riggs and Lonely Fires in southern Utah burn nearly 2K acres

Thursday, 06:43am

Facebook pages created for both Utah County fires

Thursday, 06:43am

Thursday morning update on Pole Creek Fire:


Linda Williams
Liesl Nielsen
Jacob Klopfenstein

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