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More Utah County fire evacuees return home

Smoke fills the air from the Pole Creek fire in Utah County on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.
Smoke fills the air from the Pole Creek fire in Utah County on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SPANISH FORK — As cloud cover has helped slow the growth of joint fires burning in Utah County, more people are returning to their homes.

An estimated 200 people in the Covered Bridge Canyon area could go home Monday night after being evacuated for more than two weeks, officials said.

The Pole Creek Fire is burning 102,188 acres and was 83 percent contained at last report. Meanwhile, the Bald Mountain Fire is burning 18,620 acres and was 99 percent contained.

Rain this week is expected to help keep fire behavior to a minimum, according to a daily update posted by fire managers.

Cannon said people in Covered Bridge Canyon should be cautious as firefighters continue to work in the area. He asks that people limit trips in and out of the area.

Right Fork Hobble Creek, Sheep Creek and Diamond Fork remain under evacuation. "Very few residents" live in those areas, which are mostly recreational, said Utah County Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

While crews are making progress fighting the flames, officials are concerned about potential debris flows and flooding during impending storms. Cannon said people in the Covered Bridge area should not sleep in their basements while there is a threat of debris flows.

People who live near or places that are downstream from areas burned in the fires should be prepared for possible flooding and ready "to evacuate or move to higher ground at a moment's notice," according to a news release from Utah County Sheriff's Office. Officials cautioned people not to attempt crossing floods or debris flows.