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Wasatch Back Wildfire Update

US Forest Service

  The U.S. Forest Service reported two fires Northeast of Kamas on Sunday. The Cobblerest Fire is located along the north side of Mirror Lake Highway and was reported Saturday morning and has burned about 200 acres between the highway and Alexander Lake. Over 40 personnel are working on that blaze, the cause of that fire is not yet known.

The lightning-caused Slate Fire has now spread to 200 acres in size. This fire was reported on August 23rd and is about 6 miles northeast of Kamas. Officials report that neither fires pose risk to lives or property at this time. 

Meanwhile, the Wasatch County Fire District reported a fire in Wallsburg Friday evening. The fire was located near Little Valley Road some homes were evacuated.

At around midnight on Friday, Wasatch Fire said in a social media post that they had been around the entire perimeter of the fire. crews worked through the night doing mop-up and preventing flare ups. Officials reported the fire was 60 percent contained as of Saturday morning. Wallsburg Mayor Celeni Richins said in a social media post that the fire was nearly out.

Those evacuated due to the fire were allowed to return home Saturday morning, the cause of that fire is still under investigation.

The Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires have been upgraded as the number one priority fire nationwide. The converging flames are located in Southern Utah county, but the smoke is coming over the mountains and has caused the air quality to become unhealthy for some in Wasatch and Summit County. 

The fires have caused evacuations in the Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills communities. U.S. Highway 6 and 89 were closed for most of the weekend, travelers are advised to look to UDOT for updates.

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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