Utah fires continue to burn across state

Utah fires continue to burn across state

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Six major wildfires continued to burn from one end of Utah to the other.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Six major wildfires continued to burn from one end of Utah to the other.

So far, the active fires have burned more than 95,000 acres and destroyed more than 50 structures. Many of those structures were homes caught up in the Wood Hollow Fire in Sanpete and Utah Counties.

Hundreds of firefighters and aerial crews have battled the fires spanning from Duchesne County in the northeast and Washington County to the southwest of Utah.

Here is a rundown of all six fires:

New Harmony Fire:

A fire threatened several structures and completely destroyed an uninhabited cabin. One vehicle was also damaged. Evacuations were still in affect for residents in the Bumblebee Ridge subdivision, but the order was expected to be lifted by late afternoon if conditions improve.

The fire started at 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday just west of Interstate 15, which was closed as traffic was diverted through Kannarraville.

A preliminary investigation suggested that the fire started due to an overheated water pump.

The fire has burned more than 2,000 acres as crews worked to keep it from spreading to the Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park.

Highway 144 was also closed until further notice.

The fire was 60 percent contained by Thursday afternoon.

Clay Springs Fire:

The Clay Springs Fire began on Wednesday 5 miles south of Oak City.

By Thursday afternoon, the fire had consumed 30,000 acres, with 0 percent containment.

Heavy southwest winds hampered efforts to get the fire under control.

A mandatory evacuation issued Wednesday night was lifted by Thursday morning. No homes were damaged, but some sheds were burned.

By Thursday afternoon, the fire spread over a mountain and into Juab County, outside of Mills. 10 homes were evacuated as a precaution.

There were also two injuries associated with the fire, although the nature or severity of those injuries was not immediately known.

Wood Hollow Fire:

The Wood Hollow Fire began on Saturday one mile south of Fountain Green.

It has already burned more than 45,000 acres and destroyed 56 structures, most of them homes.

One person was killed in the fire.

Some homes west of Highway 89 were still under a mandatory evacuation order by Thursday afternoon. Several hundred homes were evacuated earlier in the week.

Highway 89 was reopened and crews claimed to have gained 20 percent containment by Thursday afternoon.

Nearly 700 personnel have fought the Wood Hollow Fire.

A Red Cross Emergency center was established at North Sanpete High School. For Red Cross Shelter questions or donation information to assist those affected by the fire, call 801 323-7000.

For lost or found animals separated by the Wood Hollow fire contact (801) 812-2093 or (801) 372-0483 Contact: Dorothy Harvey (PIO) - (775) 635-3781.

Seeley Fire:

Crews were fighting a fire on the Manti-La Sal National Forest on Seeley Mountain between the Left Fork of Huntington Canyon and Horse Canyon.

The fire was reported early Tuesday morning and is thought to have been caused by lightning.

A group of 100 girls were evacuated from a church camp near Miller’s Flat Reservoir as a precaution and have been relocated at the Fairview LDS Stake Center in Fairview, Utah.

No structures were threatened and no roads were closed.

As of Thursday afternoon the fire had burned 5,200 acres.

Church Camp Fire:

The Church Camp Fire began on Sunday in the Argyle Canyon area near the Carbon- Duchesne County line north of Price, Utah.

Authorities believe approximately 12 structures have been destroyed in the fire.

It was unknown as to what types of structures or the specific locations where those structures were lost.

The fire had burned more than 5,200 acres by Thursday afternoon. On the east and north flanks of the fire, local fire departments set up structure protection.

The mandatory evacuation ordered on Tuesday by Duchesne County authorities remained in effect for the Argyle Canyon Road, east of State Road 191 to Gardner Canyon and 2 miles north and 2 miles south of Argyle Canyon Road.

Travel though State Road 191 was open, but authorities asked the public to avoid the area if possible.

The fire was burning approximately 20 miles south west of Duchesne, and was only 5 percent contained.

Pole Creek Fire:

The Pole Creek Fire began on Wednesday, 8 miles north of Neola, Utah.

The fire had consumed more than 1,300 acres by Thursday. The cause is still under investigation.

By Thursday afternoon, officials said they had 20 percent containment on the fire, but that it had spread into timber areas.

----Information from: utahfireinfo.gov and Joe Dougherty of the Utah Division of Homeland Security.

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