Road closures and mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for a number of nearby communities as the wildfire, which broke out about 11 miles east of Taylorsville, is now mapped at 43,931 acres with 7% containment, the Forest Service said in an update just before 7 a.m. Monday.
Fast growth continues on the blaze as the Forest Service observes “critical fire weather,” which led the fire to explode from 2,000 acres Friday morning to 17,000 acres that evening. A total of 825 fire personnel remain assigned to the wildfire. Better mapping increased the size of the wildfire to 43,931 acres, up from a previous estimate of just over 38,000 acres.
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