A fire at Parleys Canyon has forced a mandatory evacuation of the Mount Eyre area, according to the Joint Fire Authority.
The department has written on Twitter that the structures are at risk and residents are advised to leave “immediately”. Mount Array is located near Salt Lake City and offers a variety of outdoor recreation.
Residents evacuated due to fire, 3251 AD in Salt Lake City, according to the Unified Authority. You can go to an evacuation center set up at 3760 South Skyline High School.
The fire reportedly grows to 200 acres, and the cause is unknown. The Utah Fire Authority said at around 9:30 pm that the blast contained 0%.
The fire forced the closure of Interstate 80 in both directions between the mouth of Canton and Milepost 142, which is near the Jeremy Ranch. Alternative routes around the closure were Provo Canyon and Highway 84. Traffic in both directions reopened around 9:30 p.m.
The Utah Fire Authority said I-80 would again be closed in both directions, however, at 9 a.m. Friday for an undisclosed amount to aid in extinguishing the fire.
The Joint Fire Authority said that air and ground crews are on the scene fighting the fire.
The Little Dale Recreation Area will be closed to the public on Friday to “support water dipping and fire suppression,” according to the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities.
The Salt Lake Tribune will update this story.