Wildfire updates: Utah issues increased fire restrictions for public lands,


Bear Fire in Carbon County now estimated at 3,500 acres

The Bear Fire, burning about 4 miles north of Helper in Carbon County, has now grown to 3,500 acres, according to fire officials.

A reconnaissance flight of the fire area helped fire managers identify areas of the terrain where crews might be able to establish containment lines, according to state and federal fire officials.

“After our flight we are seeing some good options, some opportunities to get in there and slow the fire’s progress,” incident commander Jason Porter said in a statement.

As of 12 p.m. Wednesday, winds were starting to pick up and temperatures were rising, so rapid fire growth could be seen throughout the rest of the day, officials said.

Crews from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands and the Helper Fire Department are fighting the fire, officials said.

— Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com



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