No major developments with Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires. Containment has again increased for both fires. A checkpoint is still in place for Covered Bridge as the evacuation for that community is still in effect. Fire suppression and structure protection efforts continue.
*** PRESS RELEASE *** September 26, 2018: The Great Basin and Rocky Mountain Incident Management Teams are preparing to transition control of the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires to the California Incident Management Team 1 on Friday, September 28. The Great Basin and Rocky Mountain teams are working together to ensure a seamless transition with the incoming team. Fire personnel working to extinguish the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires, gave updates today regarding the size of the fires. The Pole Creek Fire is 101,895 acres, is 56% contained, and has 1,005 people assigned to the fire. The Bald Mountain Fire is 18,605 acres, is 71% contained, and has 505 people assigned. The communities of Covered Bridge, Diamond Fork and Right Fork Hobble Creek are still under evacuation. The status has not changed for the Left Fork Hobble Creek Canyon but as a result of significant suppression activities, fire officials say the threat to the Left Fork Hobble Creek has diminished.
The Forest Service issued a revised closure area for the Pole Creek Fire that will allow hunters and others to access the Hobble Creek and Sheep Creek road. The area south and east of Hobble Creek road will remain closed, as will the areas south and west of Sheep Creek road. The closure area runs south to include all forest lands above Highway 6. Hunters are asked to respect the closure order and remain out of the fire area, for their safety and of the firefighters.
Although residents in Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills have returned to their homes, they are on pre-evacuation status. Checkpoints in both cities have been shut down but deputies are actively patrolling the area while on pre-evacuation status. The covered bridge checkpoint is still active while the community is under evacuation.
And a reminder that there is an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the area of the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires. This order applies not only to standard aircraft, but also to drones. It is the drone operator's responsibility to know if TFR's are in place before flying the drone. This website shows the TFR that applies to these fires: http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_i ms/html/cc/scale3/tile_2_3.h tml
For the latest updates and for maps of fire boundaries, evacuation zones, and pre- evacuation zones, refer to the following websites: inciweb.nwcg.gov and arcg.is/0nPLOr (You may need to copy and past the second one rather than typing it in.)
Reported by Lt. Yvette M. Rice, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (Cell) 801-420-3745 (Office) 801-851-4068 Twitter: LtRicePIO