(UPDATE 8:05 p.m. Wednesday) — A 26-mile stretch of Highway 40, from mileposts 60 to 86, has been closed as the Dollar Ridge Fire continues to advance. Officials say that closure will be expanded to include mileposts 44 through 86 as soon as they can confirm civilians have evacuated the area.
The immediately-implemented closure between milepost 60 and 86 runs approximately between Fruitland and Duchesne.
Officials recommended the use of US-191 and SR-35 as alternate routes. The road was closed from milepost 50 to milepost 86 as of 8:54 p.m. Wednesday.
(KUTV) — Authorities closed Highway 40 in Duchesne and Wasatch Counties as the Dollar Ridge Fire is spreading to the north.
Drivers in the area of Currant Creek were being told to move off the road immediately.
Fire officials told 2News the winds from the south are driving the fire to within a few hundred yards of the highway.
Wasatch County officials ordered evacuations in the eastern portion of the county earlier Wednesday afternoon.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers began blocking Highway 40 near mile marker 59 around 7:30 p.m.