Some fire evacuations lifted in Utah County, residents still on pre-evacuation status

Some residents have been allowed to return to areas previously evacuated by the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires. (Photo: Courtesy Darin Brooks)

NOTE: The information in the story was incorrect about parts of the evacuation. After speaking with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, it has been updated to contain the correct information.

(KUTV) — Some residents have been allowed to return to areas previously evacuated by the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, residents on both sides of Highway 89, from Eagles Landing development south may return to their homes. The larger evacuation area is from Thistle Junction to mile 302, slightly north of Eagles Landing. Those returning remain in pre-evacuation status.

Spencer Cannon with the sheriff's office said the decision was made based on recommendations from the fires' incident command.

The Pole Creek fire was reported to be just under 85,000 acres with 25 percent containment. There are approximately 1,300 personnel fighting the blaze. The nearby Bald Mountain Fire is reported to be over 16,500 acres with 12 percent contained and 654 people committed to fighting it.

Winds were expected to be at 35 miles per hour with single digit humidity.

After a drone shut down air support for fire fighting, Cannon asked media and citizens to help identify those responsible for flying the drones.

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