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Monday, July 09, 2007

Wildfire Update: I-15 Open But May Close Again

A massive wildfire in south-central Utah forced closure of I-15 over the weekend. At this writing the freeway is open but officials say it may be closed again temporarily as crews do a controlled backburn to keep the wildfire away.

US Hwy 89 serves as an alternative route for north-south travel in Utah. The public is advised to use that highway if possible to avoid potential delays.

See these websites for the latest info on wildfires in Utah. (click on Emergency Alerts)

Lightning started the central Utah fire about 3 miles north of Milford. It has now burned more than 469 square miles, making it one of the largest blazes in Utah history. The fire blocks public access to some backroads and recreational areas in the Milford/Beaver/Cove Fort area.

The Neola Fire on the south slope of the Uinta Mountains in northeastern Utah continues to hamper recreation in that area. The Closure Order in effect for the portion of the Ashley National Forest has been revised. The new closure is generally east of and including Uinta Canyon Road and west of Red Cloud Loop Road. Only emergency personnel will be allowed access to this closed area. For additional information please contact the Ashley National Forest at (435) 789-1181.

A fire near Kenilworth in eastern Utah is also blocking access to some recreational spots. The Emma Park Road is closed to Nine Mile Canyon and the Whitmore Park Road to Emma Park Road is also closed. The Price to Kenilworth Road remains open; however, travel on the Ronco Road and into Cordingly Canyon is restricted north of Kenilworth. The public is urged to avoid the area.

A fire burning on the Arizona Strip south of St George has prompted closure of Black Rock Gulch Road 1009 south of the gypsum mine, Road 1004, Road 1022 and Road 299 east of Scenic. Additional road closures may be required. The public is requested to view the fire from a distance due to the extreme fire behavior and to keep the area roads clear for emergency vehicles and fire engine response. Fire has advanced to the northeast and southeast and has burned into the Paiute Wilderness.


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