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Fire updates: Pole Creek Fire surpasses 100K acres; Some fire evacuees return home

By Jacob Klopfenstein and Yvette Cruz, | Updated - Sep 22nd, 2018 @ 10:00pm | Posted - Sep 22nd, 2018 @ 8:40am

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SALT LAKE CITY — Crews are gradually gaining control of two massive wildfires in Utah County that have been raging and threatening homes for several weeks.

As of Saturday evening, the Pole Creek Fire is 100,444 acres and is 34 percent contained, according to Inciweb, an incident information system for wildfires. The Bald Mountain Fire is 18,550 acres and is 18 percent contained.

Residents who were evacuated from the cities of Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills in Utah County were allowed to return home at 9 a.m. Saturday, officials said. Residents of the two communities had been unable to get to their homes since Sept. 13.

The Covered Bridge Canyon community and Diamond Fork area in Spanish Fork Canyon remain evacuated.

Crews are expecting active fire behavior Saturday due to winds out of the southwest. Another Red Flag Warning day is expected Sunday as winds are expected to strengthen.

Friday's fire coverage:

Stay with for wildfire updates across the state.

Saturday, 09:58pm

Pole Creek Fire surpasses 100K acres; No growth for Bald Mountain Fire

Saturday, 05:42pm

Slate Fire (burning near Kamas) nearly at 500 acres

Saturday, 10:28am

Road to Rainbow Point in Bryce Canyon National Park opens following wildfires

Saturday, 09:16am

Pre-evacuation notices lifted in Payson

Saturday, 08:40am

Federal government authorizes FEMA funds for Bald Mountain Fire

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