Wild­fires dom­intate Septem­ber days

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Kjirstin Young­berg for Serve Daily

Fires that have changed our green moun­tains to black­ened cin­ders are an­tic­i­pated to be con­trolled, if not out, by the first week in Oc­to­ber. Rain is fore­cast for Mon­day Oc­to­ber 1, with snow in the higher el­e­va­tions by Thurs­day.

Fire­fight­ers from as far as Rhode Is­land have joined our lo­cal teams to stop the Bald Moun­tain and Pole Creek fires, both started by light­en­ing strikes in early Septem­ber. As of this writ­ing, these fires have con­sumed more than 120,000 acres of some of the finest ev­er­greens our moun­tains boast.

Thou­sands of peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties of Elk Ridge, Wood­land Hills, the Cov­ered Bridge Canyon Com­mu­nity and Span­ish Fork Canyon were evac­u­ated for sev­eral days as crews from across the west bat­tled the blaze along­side lo­cal fire­fight­ers.

Air qual­ity be­came poor in the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties forc­ing many res­i­dents inside and sport­ing events to other venues.

For the lat­est up­dates on the fires, vis­ite www.in­ci­web.nwcg.gov/in­ci­dent/6199.

Photo: Keaton Smith

The Pole Creek Fire lights up the sky.

Photo: Kjirstin Young­berg

The Pole Creek fire burns in the foothills.

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