Due to the announcement that evacuees from Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge have been allowed to return to their homes, we no longer need the large warehouse space offered to us by Nebo School District. We are so grateful to the school district and their amazing employees for helping us receive and disburse our donations. They happily put in many long hours and it was truly a pleasure to work with them.
Our donation service will be relocated to Tabitha's Way at 45 E 100 N, Spanish Fork. They will continue to meet needs for those evacuees who are still displaced from their homes. Hours of operation at Tabitha's Way are Tuesday-Friday from 11 am-2 pm, also Tuesday evenings open from 6 pm -8 pm and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10 am-12 noon. In an effort to help Tabitha's Way differentiate evacuee needs from their daily services, evacuees will be asked to come prepared with ID showing a current address. You can also visit www.Tabithasway.org for further information.
Thank you to Wendy at Tabitha's Way for her continued help and support throughout our donation effort. Volunteer help will still be needed at Tabitha's Way to assist in organizing and distributing donations. The following link will currently remain on the city web page for citizens to sign up to help with this service.
We are grateful to the many, many people that came to the rescue of our friends and neighbors. Overwhelming support came to us from all over the state. It is a blessing to know that we are all here to take care of each other in time of need. We have amazing "Neighbors Helping Neighbors!"
The pre-evacuation order for Salem City residents living south of Highline Canal has been lifted. Residents that decided to evacuate may return home. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations for so many individuals that were affected by the fires! You truly made a difference.
Information on Donations:
We want to THANK YOU all for your willingness to donate and help out those in need. We truly live in the best area. Thank you!!!!!
Fire Information and Updates
Please visit the following link if you are interested in helping as a volunteer.
Salem City Residents - Subject: cougar safety info - “We have had a few reports of citizens in the community capturing cougars (mountain lions) on their home surveillance cameras at night. While it is not uncommon to see wild animals on occasion in our community, the current wildlands fire may push more wildlife than normal into our city. We are providing a link from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to help familiarize yourself with cougar safety. If you see a cougar in your neighborhood, no not approach and immediately call Utah Valley Dispatch at (801) 794-3970.”
Latest update: Bald Mountain Fire
Current Size: 15,635 Acres
Percent Contained: 12 %
1,720 Homes Evacuated
Red Flag Warning again tomorrow
Estimated Cost to date. $2,200,000.
There will be a Fire Informational Meeting tonight (9-18-18) for Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge residents who have been evacuated. This meeting will be held at Salem Hills High School auditorium at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is only for those who have been evacuated from their homes.
Bald Mountain Fire continues to grow
The Bald Mountain Fire burning southeast of Salem in Utah County grew more than 1,300 acres overnight and has now burned 14,866 acres since it started Aug. 24, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The lightning-caused fire remains 0 percent contained. A map released by Utah Fire Info shows the fire has essentially merged with the Pole Creek Fire, which is burning east of Bald Mountain.
The two fires are burning west of the mostly-contained Coal Hollow Fire, which burned more than 30,000 acres in Spanish Fork Canyon since August.
9/16/18 (8:30 p.m.) P.I. System Update: Salem City Residents, we want to thank you for your patience while we had the Pressurized Irrigation (P.I.) system turned off, so the P.I. ponds could be used for firefighting efforts. We have decided at this time to turn the P.I. system back on. We ask that you please use it wisely/sparingly, so we can make sure the P.I. ponds will remain full for the firefighting efforts. If at anytime we need to shut the P.I. system off, we will notify you. We will be on the regular schedule of watering; odd house numbers can water on odd days and even house numbers on even days. No watering between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we help our neighboring communities in need.
Fire Update 9-16-18
Salem City Residents living South of the Highline Canal are still considered to be in a pre-evacuation status. You have been in this status since Thursday September 13, 2018. In a meeting this morning (September 16, 2018) concerning the fire, it was again reaffirmed that status has not changed. The pre-evacuation status means that you should be prepared to leave your homes with little notice. Salem City is recommending citizens who live in wooded areas south of the Highline Canal should evacuate as a precaution. All citizens living south of Highline Canal that are not in a wooded area should consider evacuating at their discretion. We will update you with additional information as it becomes available. The cities of Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills, along with the community of Covered Bridge and US Hwy 89 from Thistle to Birdseye are still under an evacuation order.
Approximately 2000 homes have been evacuated, involving 6000 evacuees. Currently no structures have been damaged.
Many community members have graciously donated items to the firefighters at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds. They thank you for your generosity, but their system is designed to supply all of their needs.
As the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires continue to grow, Utah County will be submitting a crisis declaration Saturday morning. Elected officials and fire officials will be providing additional comment and updates to the media regarding this declaration at approximately 10:45 am at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.
The following evacuations and closures are still in place:
-Santaquin Canyon in closed.
-Payson Canyon is closed.
-Nebo Loop Road at SR-132 in Nephi Canyon is closed.
-US Highway 89, in Spanish Fork Canyon, is closed from mile 312, at Thistle Junction, to mile 298, at the Utah /Sanpete County line.
-MANDATORY EVACUATION STILL IN EFFECT:
-All residents living along US HWY-89 in the area from Nebo Creek to Thistle Junction.
-All residents in Covered Bridge community near the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon.
-All residents living in the cities of Woodland Hills and Elk Ridge.
-For residents in these areas who have urgent need to get to their home (For medications or to remove pets or livestock, for example), access points are set up at 11200 S Woodland Hills Drive for Woodland Hills, and 11200 S Loafer Canyon Road and 11200 S Elk Ridge Drive (1600 West) for Elk Ridge. Access to Covered Bridge may not be available because of ongoing fire operations. A police officer will escort those who have these needs.
FIRE UPDATE: Good news! We have 4 air tankers working the fire with two more inbound. In addition, we have two helicopters working in support. The intent is to work the edges of the fire to allow fire crews to move in closer. Winds later in the day may adversely affect our ability to fly and drop retardant, but for now we are hoping to take advantage of the calm conditions.
FIRE UPDATE: Pole Creek Fire size estimate is 54K acres. Bald Mountain Fire size estimate is 14.5K acres. Fire officials plan for air attack this morning before winds pick up later in the day. The cities of Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills, along with the community of Covered Bridge and US Hwy 89 from Thistle to Birdseye are still under evacuation order. Utah County Sheriff Deputies will be assisting in those areas with residents who have emergency needs for medications at their homes and who might still have pets or livestock on their property.
Due to the fire, Salem City residents living south of Highline Canal Road have just been included in a pre-evacuation notice. This order is NOT an evacuation order, but is intended to give you ample notice in the event there is a need to put in place an evacuation order. We will notify you of any changes that may occur.