PHOTOS: A wildfire that broke out in Carbon County on Tuesday afternoon has now burned more than 1900 acres, according to fire crews.
Officials said on Tuesday the Bear Fire was growing rapidly. Estimated numbers at approximately 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening had the fire at 500 acres.
“It’s burning like what we would expect in our peak season, which would be mid-July,” Incident Commander Jason Porter said. The fire started near mile marker 228 on Highway 6, four miles northwest of Helper, Utah.
Firefighters reported they've been unsuccessful in creating a containment line around the fire because it is burning in very steep and rugged terrain. Air tankers have been used to try to slow the spread of the fire as crews work to protect structures threatened by the blaze.