US 6 still closed in Carbon County due to lightning-caused Bear Fire
U.S. 6 is still closed in Carbon County due to the Bear Fire, officials said Thursday.
The fire, burning about 4 miles northwest of Helper, is now about 5,479 acres and 0% contained, according to state and federal fire officials.
The fire started on Tuesday afternoon and is thought to be lightning-caused, officials said.
The highway closed in both directions on Wednesday and is expected to remain closed Thursday. Drivers can detour around the closure via Emma Park Road and U.S. 191, but the detour adds about 8 miles and 12 minutes to the trip.
Fire managers are trying to reopen U.S. 6, but the fire is likely to reach the highway again Thursday because wind gusts of up to 50 mph are forecast. The winds could also prevent aircraft fighting the fire from flying, officials said.
A cold front is expected to move through Utah Thursday, bringing cooler temperatures, but no rain.
#BearFire Update: 5,479 acres burned, 0% contained, 159 firefighters assigned. US-6 remains closed. Follow @UDOTTRAFFIC for updated road conditions. Wind gusts of 50 mph predicted today = potential for increased fire activity. #blmglpic.twitter.com/i1I6vka1MZ
— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) June 10, 2021
— Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com