UPDATE: East Canyon Fire 90% contained in Morgan County

Utah Wildfires

(Utah Fire Info)

THURSDAY 6/10/21 6:42 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Officials say the East Canyon fire is now 90% contained, up from 45% Wednesday evening.

The final 10% of the fire that remains ongoing is located in the thickest vegetation in the area, according to wildfire officials. This will require additional work from fire crews.

Despite Thursday’s winds — which caused some residents to evacuate near the Bennion Creek fire in Scofield — the East Canyon fire remained in its perimeter with no significant issues, officials say.

The local fire unit in Morgan County will resume command of the fire starting Friday.

East Canyon Fire reaches 835 acres in Morgan County

WEDNESDAY 6/9/21 4:12 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Wildfire officials say the East Canyon fire is now 45% contained.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect in the area of the fire until 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

WEDNESDAY 6/9/21 3:03 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Officials are lifting evacuation orders on Wednesday afternoon after progress fighting the East Canyon Fire has allowed for residents to remain in and return to the area.

According to Utah Fire Info’s Twitter feed, SR-66 is now open, but air resources will still be utilized to quell the flames that have impacted hundreds of acres already.

Officials are asking those returning to avoid the fire area for both firefighter and public safety.

East Canyon fire scorches hundreds of acres, causes evacuations

WEDNESDAY 6/9/2021 11:26 a.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – A wildfire in Morgan County has reached 835 acres in less than 24 hours.

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In a Wednesday update, Utah Fire Info reports the human-caused East Canyon Fire “did not experience any significant weather through the night [and] fire activity was calm.”

The East Canyon Fire remains at 0% contained. Engine operations are still taking place along SR-66, which remains closed.

Evacuations are still in effect, but East Canyon State Park remains open.

‘Human-caused’ East Canyon fire sparks road closures, evacuations in Morgan County

TUESDAY 6/8/2021 9:21 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The East Canyon Fire is now estimated to be over 500 acres in size as of Tuesday evening.

According to fire officials, State Route 66 remains closed while emergency crews continue their response to the fire.

Morgan County wildfire continues to spread

TUESDAY 6/8/2021 5:13 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – A wildfire in Morgan County continues to spread Tuesday evening.

Wildfire officials say the East Canyon Fire has now reached an estimated 300 acres in size.

SR 66 closes amid East Canyon Fire

TUESDAY 6/8/2021 4:46 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Officials now say State Route 66 is closed in both directions between State Route 65 Junction and the west side of East Canyon Reservoir.

Hiking trails in the area have also been closed.

The fire is said to be human caused and is currently under investigation.

The public is advised to avoid the area.

Evacuations underway for East Canyon Fire in Morgan County

TUESDAY 6/8/21, 3:06 p.m.

MORGAN, Utah (ABC4) – A wildfire burning in Morgan County has now prompted road closures in the area.

According to UDOT, State Route 66 has been closed in both directions near East Canyon Reservoir and State Route 65 has been closed in both directions near Big Mountain at Milepost 8.

Drivers are advised to take alternate routes.

ORIGINAL STORY: Evacuations underway for East Canyon Fire in Morgan County

TUESDAY 6/8/21 1:14 p.m.

MORGAN, Utah (ABC4) – A new fire has started, prompting evacuations near East Canyon.

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Utah Fire Info says the East Canyon Fire is located along Highway 66 outside of East Canyon State Park, just north of the East Canyon Reservoir. Evacuations are taking place on the south side of Highway 66 and 10 homes have been evacuated as of 2:15 p.m.

“The winds have shifted [and] are now pushing up the canyon,” Utah Fire Info says.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, several ground and air resources are responding to the fire. The below map shows roughly where the East Canyon Fire has been reported.

“The winds are pushing the fire East,” Utah Fire Info reports. “Powerlines [and] scattered ranch homes are threatened.”

The East Canyon Fire was estimated to have spanned to 50 acres and is “growing rapidly.” As of 2:13 p.m. Tuesday, the fire has reached 100 acres.

The Utah Department of Transportation reports S.R. 66 is currently closed due to the wildfire. Motorists will be turned around at the marina.

ABC4 has a crew en route to gather additional information. We will provide updates on air and online as information becomes available.

Crews in southern Utah are already battling the Mammoth Fire, which has reached 709 acres with 0% containment as of Tuesday morning. Located about one mile south of Mammoth, the blaze has prompted evacuations in the Mammoth Creek Village.

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