Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fire Updates (Sept 18)

Posted On : 9/18/2018 1:01:51 PM

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

To receive alerts and updates in your area go to this website: alerts.utahcounty.gov. The information to set up an account is easy to follow. Under Utah County, subscribe to Bald Mountain Fire and Pole Creek Fire. Also follow your city Facebook or other social media page, or the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. You may also follow Sergeant Spencer Cannon’s Twitter account @SGTCannonPIO.

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.)

3 thoughts on “Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fire Updates (Sept 18)”

  1. Hey Adam, we’ve also found the “bald mountain fire” facebook page to be helpful. It has been showing videos of the updates. Is it a helpful add to your list of sites? Or is the sherriff’s office site the best?

    Also, what’s the best way to get the word out quickly about the new facebook and web sites to our friends and neighbors?

    Thanks for getting the sites up and running!

    1. Thanks for reaching out, Marianne. That Facebook page is run by the Forest Service and is a great source of information. As is the Sheriff’s Office. The goal with this page is to synthesize the information shared at the coalition meetings (which include both of the above-mentioned parties as well as city PIO’s, the Red Cross, the school district and others) to help people find accurate information in one spot.

      The Facebook page and this site are both updated and accessed by members of the coalition team and this new site and its social media presence are being announced at the Salem Hills meeting this evening. Our goal is to provide a joint information hub for information that people can share in comfort knowing the information is accurate and comes from the sources they trust the most.

  2. It would be a good idea to remind people in Utah that they should change their air filter. I live in Springville and changed mine 3 weeks ago and just checked it and it already needed changing again.

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