Update: Bear Fire in Carbon County now 8,332 acres, 5% contained

The Bear Fire. Photo Courtesy: Utah Fire Info/Bretten Stowe

CARBON COUNTY, Utah, June 10, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Bear Fire in Carbon County is now 8,332 acres and 5% contained, officials said Friday morning.

A pre-evacuation notice was issued for 10 houses near the fire on Thursday night, but as of Friday at 10 a.m., no evacuations have been ordered.

“The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office issued a pre-evacuation notice Thursday night for 10 residences in northwest Helper based on fire activity and the proximity of firefighting operations,” said a Facebook post from Utah Fire Info. “No evacuations have been ordered. The sheriff’s office and firefighters are re-evaluating the need for the pre-evacuation notice this morning.”

U.S. Highway 6 remains closed Friday morning from milepost 221 near the Emma Park Road junction to milepost 230 near the U.S. Highway 191 junction. The highway will remain closed until at least noon, the post said, and the need for the closure is being reassessed by fire operations personnel.

Drivers will need to use Emma Park Road and US-191 as an alternate route around the closure and should expect delays in the area. The detour route adds about eight miles to regular travel and allows drivers to access both directions on US-6. Visit udottraffic.utah.gov, use the UDOT Traffic app or follow @UDOTTRAFFIC on Twitter for updates on road closures.

“When the highway does re-open, it is anticipated that the speed limit through the fire area will be reduced and a pilot car will be in use,” the post said. “Drivers should expect delays and plan for additional travel times.”

Despite “extremely challenging” weather conditions Thursday, firefighters were able to hold the fire west of US-6 and keep it from reaching Helper, the post said. They will take advantage of today’s cooler temperatures and calmer winds to continue firing operations along US-6, securing the fire’s edge along the highway. They will also look for opportunities to engage the fire directly to build containment lines.

There are more than 200 personnel assigned to the fire with a mix of hand crews and engine crews. The Bear Fire continues to share resources with the Bennion Creek Fire. A Type 2 incident management team will assume command of the fire at 6 p.m. Friday.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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