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Pole Creek Fire, 2 southern Utah wildfires fully contained

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s largest wildfire of the season is fully contained, officials confirmed.

The lightning-caused Pole Creek Fire, burning about 12 miles northeast of Nephi, was 100 percent contained Sunday evening, according to a tweet from Utah Fire Info.

Most of the crews will be dismissed from the fire Sunday night and Monday, officials said.

Since the fire started on Sept. 6, it has burned an estimated 102,190 acres, or just under 160 square miles, according to a Sunday evening report on Inciweb, an incident information system.

No further updates are expected on the Pole Creek Fire unless significant changes occur, officials added.

The nearby Bald Mountain Fire, located about one mile from Payson, was 100 percent contained Tuesday evening. The fire, also lightning-caused, scorched an estimated 18,620 acres, or about 29 square miles, since it ignited on Aug. 24.

Both fires led to several evacuation orders and roads in the area to be temporarily closed.

In Southern Utah, the Riggs and Lonely fires, burning in Bryce Canyon National Park less than 2 miles apart, were 100 percent contained by Saturday evening. The fires burned a combined estimated 2,258 acres, or about 3.5 square miles.


The above is a comprehensive map of Utah’s wildfires in 2018. Zoom in to see the 10 largest fire areas and click on the icons for fire information.


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