Millville fire forces evacuation

<strong>MILLVILLE —</strong> The Millville fire has shifted south-east, further into Blacksmith Fork Canyon, forcing fire crews to issue a mandatory evacuation, Wednesday night. The area of evacuation includes Blacksmith Fork Canyon, SR101 from the Hollow Road turnoff, at the mouth of the canyon, to the intersection with the Left Hand Fork (approximately 6 miles).  The evacuation also includes the Left Hand Fork road to the Grey Cliff Springs area (approximately 7 miles). Blacksmith Fork Canyon is also closed for all non-essential traffic.

The evacuation is for all recreationists and residents.

Larry Lucas, Information Officer for the U.S. Forest Service said the fire has burned around 600 acres within the last 24 hours.  It is now roughly 2850 acres in size. 

More information will be coming tonight.

A second fire is also still burning south of Mt. Naomi.  The Mt. Elmer fire was started by lighting last Friday and is burning in a remote area, south-east of Mt. Elmer.  Because of the size and the remote area, crews have not been called out to fight the fire.  They have been monitoring it daily though.

Lucas said the fire is producing a substantial amount of smoke, that is visible from Cache Valley.

Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire and assign crews to fight it as they become available.

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