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Five active wildfires burn across Utah as state sees extreme conditions

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Five active wildfires remain burning across the state as parts of Utah face dry fuel conditions not seen since the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, according to Utah Fire Info.

The Pack Creek Fire in San Juan County, which ignited June 9 due to an unattended campfire, is at 650 acres with zero percent containment, destroying three structures and causing evacuations of all homes in the Pack Creek community, according to the most recent update from Utah Fire Info. The fire has caused multiple road closures in the area, with evacuations of the Warner Lake Campground and the Oowah Lake Campground as well.

The Bear Fire, which is 4 miles northwest of Helper, has burned 8,332 acres and is at 5 percent containment. US-6 remains closed from milepost 221 near the Emma Park Road junction to milepost 230 near the US-191 junction, and the highway will remain closed until at least noon as fire operations personnel assess the need for closure.

Firefighters plan to “take advantage of today’s cooler temperatures and calmer winds” to continue operations along US-6, securing the fire’s edge along the highway while looking to build containment lines. No evacuations have been ordered, but the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office issued a pre-evacuation notice Thursday night for 10 residences in northwest Helper, and firefighters are re-evaluating the need for the pre-evacuation notice with the Sheriff’s office this morning.

The Bear Fire is sharing resources with the Bennion Creek Fire in Carbon County, which led to the evacuation of 30 to 50 people from Aspen Cove yesterday. The Bennion Creek blaze has grown to 4,706 acres at zero percent containment and experienced “significant winds and extreme fire behavior” on Thursday, pushing it to the southeast.

The Mammoth Fire near St. George remains at 709 acres and 40 percent containment, with Mammoth Creek Village still evacuated. Dixie National Forest has issued road, area and trail closures to protect public safety during the fire suppression efforts.

(Utah Fire Info) A map of road closures in Dixie National Forest due to the Mammoth Fire on June 7.

The East Canyon fire is at 90 percent containment. The blaze was at 835 acres early Thursday. The human-caused Goat Springs fire in Juab County, which burned 444 acres, was extinguished Thursday evening.

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