All closures and evacuation orders still in place.
The Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires are still being actively fought in Utah and Juab Counties. Road closures and mandatory evacuation orders are still in place. As of early on September 18, 2018, Pole Creek size is 74,509 acres with 23% containment. Bald Mountain reports 15,653 acres with 0% containment. The Great Basin and Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Teams are working cooperatively in fighting these fires. 6,000 people have been evacuated, effecting 2,000 homes. Fire officials say today is a Red Flag day, with higher winds and low humidity. This website gives more specific information about both fires: inciweb.nwcg.gov
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The following evacuations and closures are still in place:
--Santaquin Canyon is closed.
--Payson Canyon is closed.
--Nebo Loop Road at SR-132 in Nephi Canyon is closed.
--US Highway 89, in Spanish Fork Canyon, is closed from mile 312, at Thistle Junction, to mile 298, at the Utah /Sanpete County line.
--Right Fork Hobble Creek Canyon is closed.
-MANDATORY EVACUATION STILL IN EFFECT – PLEASE ABIDE BY CLOSURE AND EVACUATION NOTICES:
--All residents living along US HWY-89 in the area from Thistle Junction the Utah/Sanpete County Line. (This has always been the evacuation area, but a certain PIO mis-stated the south edge of the closure!)
--All residents in the Covered Bridge community near the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon.
--All residents living in the cities of Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge.
--Diamond Fork, Sheep Creek, and Right Fork Hobble Creek Canyon.
--For residents in these areas who have urgent need to get to their home (For medications or to remove pets or livestock, for example), access points are set up at 11200 S Woodland Hills Drive for Woodland Hills, and 11200 S Elk Ridge Drive (1600 West) for Elk Ridge. These limited trips must be brief. Access to Covered Bridge may not be available. A Deputy will escort those who have these needs.
--Left Fork Hobble Creek Canyon is under PRE-evacuation notice. (“Be ready in case” status.)
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff’s Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO