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Mandatory evacuations as Utah's Pole Creek Fire surges to 20,000 acres

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Utah's Pole Creek Fire has forced evacuations and grown past 20,000 acres according to fire officials at the scene with evacuation watches and mandatory evacuations in place.. (Photo: Jeremy Harris / KUTV)

(KUTV) — Utah's Pole Creek Fire has forced evacuations and grown past 20,000 acres according to fire officials at the scene with evacuation watches and mandatory evacuations in place.

With high winds in Utah, around the fire, officials evacuated the Bridge Canyon community in Spanish Fork Canyon along with Covered Bridge community while several other communities were on standby.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office said there were mandatory evacuations in place for Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills communities where 2News reporter Jeremy Harris observed many leaving even before the evacuation was mandatory.

According to Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, the blaze reached Santaquin Peak, increasing the danger.

Evacuations were ordered for homes along 12 miles of US 89 near Salem, from mile post 300 to 312 while portions of Spanish Fork City are on a pre-evacuation notice, Spanish Fork Police said.

Utah County Sheriff's Office shared video of the fire it said was 30 feet from homes at Eagles Landing on US-89 near mile post 302.

The fire also forced the closure of eastbound lanes of US 6 at its junction with US 89, called Thistle Junction.

Salem Hills High School was available as a space for evacuated families to shelter during the evacuation.

The Utah Department of Transportation said US-6 and US-89 are closed because of the wildfire. The Bald Mountain fire at 5,000 acres is nearby.

2News will update this story as more information becomes available.




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