Wildfire Near Utah Fishing Reservoir Closes US Highway 40

Jul 6, 2018

Wildfire blazes near Strawberry Reservoir in Utah.
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  A growing Utah wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir has forced the closure of U.S. Highway 40.

High winds, heat and very dry conditions are fueling the fire near Strawberry Reservoir, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City. Officials say it has burned 66 square miles (171 square kilometers) and destroyed about 30 structures.

  The Utah Department of Transportation on Thursday said it has no estimated time for the reopening of Highway 40 between Duchesne and Wasatch counties.

Authorities earlier ordered evacuations for a campground and nearby subdivisions.

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands reports the fire is 4 percent contained.

The blaze was reported Sunday. The division believes the fire was caused by human activity, but an exact cause hasn't been determined.