UPDATE (8/9/2020) – The #ParleysFire is now 50% contained and fire officials say evacuated residents will be allowed back in their homes beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday night.
UPDATE (8/8/2020) – The #ParleysFire is now 35% contained with no new growth, according to Utah Fire Info.
Officials said very minimal fire activity has been observed on Saturday. 130 personnel are reinforcing fire lines and extinguishing sources of heat within the fire perimeter.
The Mt. Aire evacuation order remains in effect. #ffslkw
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Interstate 80 was closed at 9 a.m. Friday as crews continued to battle the Parleys Fire.
The fire is now 15% contained, according to officials.
The highway will remain closed in both directions until 9 p.m. or until it’s safe to reopen to support firefighting operations. Troopers suggest using I-84 and US-89 or US-40 and US-189 as alternative routes to the I-15 corridor.
Fire officials said I-80 eastbound and westbound lanes is now open after a ‘soft reopen’. The Incident Commander may advise closing the freeway if fire activity increases and air operations proceed. However, exit 132 (Ranches) and 134 (East Canyon) remain closed, according to Unified fire authority.
The Parleys Fire broke out Thursday just after 6 p.m. along the eastbound I-80 near mile marker 133 prompting mandatory and immediate evacuations for the Mount Aire neighborhood.
The fast-moving fire quickly grew to 80 acres. At last check Friday afternoon, officials reported it was 5% contained.
The evacuations are still in place, but the evacuation center set up at Skyline High School is now closed. If assistance is needed, you’re asked to contact Red Cross directly at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-733-2767.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but investigators believe it was human-caused. They are asking anyone who saw a large dump truck, dark brown in color dragging chains traveling up I-80 in Parleys on Thursday to contact them at (801) 538-5418.