Posted On : 9/22/2018 1:23:21 PM By Utah County Sheriff’s Office
No major developments with Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires after evacuation orders lifted for Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills. Fire suppression and structure protection efforts continue.
*** PRESS RELEASE *** September 22, 2018: Fire officials with the Great Basin and Rocky Mountain Type I Incident Management Teams, who are managing the effort to extinguish the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires, gave updates today regarding the size of the fires. The Pole Creek Fire is 99,693 acres, is 33% contained, and has 1,198 people assigned to the fire. The Bald Mountain Fire is 18,550 acres, is 18% contained, and has 715 people assigned. Incident managers are careful to remind everyone that while significant progress has been made, there are areas that still have great concern. Those include Covered Bridge and Right Fork Hobble Creek, where mandatory evacuation orders are still in place. But officials also caution that people should still be prepared in Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills, and Birdseye should fire behavior change. Other areas in Diamond Fork are still threatened, but fire officials are optimistic that structure protection efforts there will continue to keep the Pole Creek Fire from advancing and damaging or destroying cabins in the Little Diamond and Wanrhodes area.
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.)
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_ims/html/cc/scale3/tile_2_3.html
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff’s Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO