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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Progress On Utah Wildfires, But Some Closures Remain

Update: On Aug 15, officials announced that all facilities at Rockport State Park are open, but the lake is closed to boating.

Crews have worked hard and made considerable progress containing the devastating wildfire that has destroyed homes near Rockport Reservoir, northeast of Park City.

Hwy 32 has reopened along the reservoir, according to news reports. Rockport State Park is open. At this writing, the following communities are under an evacuation order. The closures will last at least until 6 pm tomorrow.
  • Rockport Estates
  • Rockport Ranches
  • Bridge Hollow
  • Promontory
Millville Fire
Another fire burning near Millville, just south of Logan, has caused officials to close part of Blacksmith Fork Canyon. People camping in that area have been ordered out and no private vehicles will be allowed in the canyon until fire danger abates.

Other Fires
At this writing, these major fires are burning in Utah:
  • Rockport northeast of Park City
  • Millville southeast of Logan
  • Patch Springs in Skull Valley west of Tooele
  • State Fire along the Utah/Idaho line near the town of Portage
Other, smaller fires are burning in some but are not causing significant closures.

Utah's national parks are located in southern Utah and are not affected by these fires. Rockport State Park is the only major park or recreation area being affected by fire.

See the website for current info on Utah fires.

The Deseret News has this article giving the latest information about the Rockport Fire.

This KSL report talks about other Utah fires.

Utah has aggressive programs to mitigate wildfire danger. This article talks about a reseeding effort that is being called a great success.

Weather and fire conditions can quickly. Always check locally for current conditions where you plan to travel.


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