Updated Friday, June 18 at 12:10 p.m. MDT
The latest on fires that are at least 100 acres large and/or have forced evacuations.
- The Pack Creek Fire is burning in San Juan County just southeast of Moab. It started June 9 from an unattended campfire. It’s estimated to be 8,531 acres and 36% contained. At least three structures have been destroyed and so far it has cost $5.2million to fight the fire.
- The Bear Fire is burning in Carbon County just outside of Helper and started June 8 from lightning. It’s estimated to be 12,170 acres and is 59% contained. It’s burning in rugged terrain which requires air tankers and helicopters to combat it.
- The East Canyon Fire is burning in Morgan County and started June 8. It’s estimated to be 835 acres and is 90% contained. It was sparked by a tractor hoe hitting a rock.
- The Bennion Creek Fire is burning in Utah County near Soldier Summit and it started from lightning June 4. It is currently 8,329 acres and is 41% contained. Steep terrain as well as dry, windy conditions are limiting access on the ground.
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A red flag warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of the state from Logan through Nephi and down to Cedar City and for the southeastern corner of the state. It’s in place until 9 p.m. Sunday. Any fires started can spread rapidly because of the dry and windy conditions across the state. Other parts of the state are under an excessive heat warning.
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