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A map shows reduced closure areas following the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires. 

The U.S. Forest Service has rescinded several closures that have been in place for weeks due to the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires.

Diamond Fork is among the areas now open again. All areas, roads and trails north of U.S. Highway 6 are now open, including Loop A in Diamond Fork campground, though no water or garbage pickup is available.

As Utah’s hunting season begins this weekend, this also allows hunters more access in the Mount Nebo Unit, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.

“Closures within the Mount Nebo area associated with the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires (have) also been reassessed and reduced,” the release said.

Roads now open include:

  • Santaquin Canyon to the Trumbolt day-use site.
  • Mona Pole Road to the intersection with the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway.
  • Mount Nebo Scenic Byway (on the south end) to the intersection with the Mona Pole Road.
  • Pole Creek Road to the end of the road.
  • Salt Creek Road to the Cottonwood campground.

Remaining closures will continue to be evaluated, and there is no timeline for additional re-openings, the press release stated. Hazards in those areas include potential debris flows and falling trees.

Katie England covers politics, the environment and courts for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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