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No structures destroyed as Pole Creek, Bald Mountain fires grow past 86,000 acres

September 17, 2018
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Tim Hall, a Utah County Public Works employee, installs closure signs at Right Fork Hobble Road in Hobble Creek Canyon on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.

Update: 9:30 a.m.

The Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires have grown to a combined 83,000 acres as of Monday morning.

According to inciweb.nwcg.gov, the Pole Creek fire is mapped at 68,000 acres and the Bald Mountain fire is mapped at just under 15,000 acres. Both fires are at 2 percent containment.

The lightning-caused fires are believed to have merged in several places, and multiple mandatory evacuations are in place including the cities of Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge, the community of Covered Bridge near the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon.

The areas of Diamond Fork and Sheep Creek and the Right Fork of Hobble Creek Canyon were also placed under mandatory evacuations Sunday.

Areas previously under pre-evacuation status, including parts of Payson, Spanish Fork and Salem, are also still in effect.

Both Payson and Santaquin canyons are closed, and the Nebo Loop Road in Nephi Canyon is closed. Sheep Creek, Santaquin Canyon and Payson Canyon remain closed, along with Nebo Loop Road in Nephi Canyon.

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