9-24-18 Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Evening Update

No major developments with Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires. Containment has increased for both fires. Checkpoint still in place for Covered Bridge but both checkpoints in Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills have been shut down. Fire suppression and structure protection efforts continue.

*** PRESS RELEASE *** September 24, 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 101,423 acres, is 41% contained, and has 1,153 people assigned to the fire. The Bald Mountain Fire is 18,596 acres, is 33% contained, and has 535 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 areas.

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_ims/html/cc/scale3/tile_2_3.html

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

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