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September 21, 2021

Wildfire updates: Evacuations lifted for East Canyon Fire in Morgan County

Bear Fire in Carbon County grows to nearly 2K acres

The Bear Fire, burning about 4 miles northwest of Helper in Carbon County, grew to nearly 2,000 acres as of Wednesday morning.

The fire is reported at 1,971 acres and 0% containment, according to state and federal fire officials. The cause of the fire, which started Tuesday afternoon, is unknown and is still being investigated.

About 12 structures are currently threatened by the fire, officials said. Crews haven’t been able to build containment lines around the blaze because it is burning in steep, rugged terrain, so they are focusing on protecting the threatened structures.

“It’s burning like what we would expect in our peak season, which would be mid-July,” incident commander Jason Porter said in a statement. “This kind of fire behavior is about a month early for us. It’s burning through north slopes that should still be wet right now.”

Fire behavior moderated overnight but was still active. The weather forecast in the area calls for temperatures in the upper 80s, along with low humidity and wind gusts of up to 35 mph, which could lead to rapid fire growth.

Eight fire crews, as well as a plane and helicopter, are currently assigned to the fire, officials said.

Price Canyon Recreation Area near the fire is closed, officials said. U.S. 6 is open, but fire activity and operations may impact traffic. Drivers on the highway are asked not to stop on the highway in the fire area and to give emergency personnel and vehicles extra space.

— Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com

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