Smoke from wildfire may pose threat to drivers on U.S. Highway 6

The Bear Fire. Photo: BLM/Jason Porter

CARBON COUNTY, Utah, June 9, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Drivers on U.S. Highway 6 are being warned of possible reduced visibility due to wildfire smoke in Carbon County Wednesday.

“If you are traveling on US-6 today between Spanish Fork and Price, be aware of potential visibility reduction in smoke and check @UDOTTRAFFIC before you head out,” said a tweet from the National Weather Service Salt Lake City at 9 a.m.

A tweet from Utah Fire Info said the Bear Fire, which ignited Tuesday afternoon, is now 1,971 acres, with no containment. The fire is burning about four miles northwest of Helper, in rugged terrain, requiring an air tanker and helicopters.

Utah Fire Info tweeted Tuesday night: “Do NOT stop along Highway 6 near the fire area to take photos or watch suppression efforts; proceed with caution and be on the lookout for firefighters working along the travel corridor.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Utah Fire Info also provided an update on the East Canyon Fire Wednesday morning.

“Fire did not experience any significant weather through the night and fire activity was calm,” said a tweet at 10 a.m. “835 acres, 0% containment. Engine operations are still taking place along SR-66 and remains closed. Evacuations are still in effect. East Canyon State Park remains open.”

The East Canyon Fire, in Morgan County, started at 1 p.m. Tuesday and was initially 50 acres.

Investigation on the cause of the fire has been determined that a track hoe struck a rock with its track.

SR-66 is closed both directions between the SR-65 junction and the west side of East Canyon Reservoir. Hiking trails in the area are also closed.

To read about the other fires, click here.


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