Lightning caused a fire that started Sept. 6 in the Nebo Loop area south of Summit trail 113 of the Spanish Fork Ranger District in Juab County.

Known as the Pole Creek Fire, it is about 25 acres in size but is expected to grow to 50 acres by the end of Monday.

Smoke and flames may be visible from Mount Nebo Scenic Byway and Devil’s Kitchen day-use area.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, firefighters were able to successfully initiate firing operations Sunday afternoon and will continue operations over the next several days if conditions remain favorable.

Crews will continue to clear heavy brush and ladder fuels while also working to minimize fire spread to the east of Forest Service Road 015 (Nebo Loop Road), south and west of trail #113 (Summit trail) and north of Forest Service Road 016 (Pole Canyon Road).

Although the area is not closed to recreation, forest users are asked to be cautious and avoid the fire area.

Firefighters are using confine-and-contain suppression techniques to minimize risk to firefighters while allowing the fire to reduce heavy fuel loading and enhance wildlife habitat. Fire personnel will continue to monitor the fire, according to the Forest Service statement.

Crews include 40 personnel in two handcrews and five personnel in type 4 Engines, other personnel are on the incident command team and staff.

Daily Herald reporter Genelle Pugmire can be contacted at gpugmire@heraldextra.com, (801) 344-2910, Twitter @gpugmire

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