US 6 still closed in Carbon County due to bear fire caused by lightning
US 6 is still closed in Carbon County due to the bear fire, officials said Thursday.
The blaze, which burns about 4 miles northwest of Helper, now covers about 5,479 acres and is 0% contained, according to state and federal fire officials.
The blaze broke out on Tuesday afternoon and is believed to be caused by lightning, officials said.
The highway closed in both directions on Wednesday and is expected to remain closed on Thursday. Drivers can bypass the closure via Emma Park Road and US 191, but the detour adds approximately 8 miles and 12 minutes to the trip.
Fire officials are trying to reopen US 6, but the blaze is expected to hit the freeway again on Thursday as wind gusts of up to 50 mph are expected. The winds could also prevent planes fighting the blaze from flying, officials said.
A cold front is expected to pass through Utah on Thursday, bringing cooler temperatures, but no rain.
#BearFire Update: 5,479 acres burned, 0% contained, 159 firefighters affected. US-6 remains closed. To pursue @UDOTTRAFFIC for updated road conditions. Wind gusts of 50 mph forecast today = potential for increased fire activity. #blmglpic.twitter.com/i1I6vka1MZ
– Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) June 10, 2021
– Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com