East Canyon Fire now 90% contained as Bear Fire keeps US 6 closed

East Canyon Fire now 90% contained as Bear Fire keeps US 6 closed

The Bear Fire has once again forced the closure of U.S. 6 in Price Canyon. After briefly reopening just before 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the highway was closed again in both directions between mile markers 221 and 230 just after 10 a.m. As of about 8 p.m., there was no word on when it may reopen. Traffic is being detoured to Emma Park Road and U.S. 191. The fire in the mountains northwest of Helper in Carbon County has grown to 5,479 acres and is 0% contained, according to Utah Fire Info. The cause of the Bear Fire remains under investigation, but it’s believed to have been sparked by lightning on Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters are reporting “great progress” in their efforts to contain the East Canyon Fire. “Fire personnel are optimistic [that] with four crews and helicopter support they can secure fire perimeter to allow downsizing to one crew,” according to Utah Fire Info. The East Canyon Fire was started when a piece of heavy machinery, a track hoe, hit a rock. Earlier evacuations were lifted on Wednesday as SR-66 was …
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