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 25, 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 101,843 acres, is 55% contained, and has 1,092 people assigned to the fire. The Bald Mountain Fire is 18,600 acres, is 61% contained, and has 527 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. Priority areas for firefighters will be the northwest area near Wanrhodes Creek, the Loafer Mountain area, and a portion of the southeast corner of the fire near Coffeepot Trail.
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
Reported by Lt. Yvette M. Rice, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff’s Office. (Cell) 801-420-3745 (Office) 801-851-4068 Twitter: LtRicePIO