Great Salt Lake State Park closed due to wildfire and power outage

The fire started near the Great Salt Lake Marina off Interstate 80, officials said.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Firefighters respond to a wildfire along Interstate 80 west of Magna on Friday, June 17, 2022. Great Salt Lake State Park is temporarily closed due to the nearby fire and associated power outages.

Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina are temporarily closed due to nearby wildfire and related power outages announced Friday afternoon.

The Lakeshore Fire in Tooele County burns near Mile Marker 100 on Interstate 80. Utah Wildfire Info reported that the fire has scorched 30 to 40 acres and is being driven by the wind. The flames could be seen under the area’s power lines.

The Utah Department of Transportation has closed I-80 eastbound near the fire site.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management told The Salt Lake Tribune that the Lakeshore Fire has been reported on BLM land, although officials won’t know for sure until the agency is able to map the fire.

The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning through most of the state Saturday through 10 p.m. and a high wind warning through 10 p.m. Friday.

The blustery winds — coupled with relative humidity of 5-10% — create critical fire weather conditions where flames can spread quickly, the agency advised.

At least one other fire broke out in the area Friday afternoon. According to Utah Wildfire Info, the Barney Wash Fire has it burned about 40 hectares in western Salt Lake County, near Copperton Mine.

The fire is also being driven by the wind, officials said. Further details were not initially available.

— This is an evolving story. Check for updates again. Great Salt Lake State Park closed due to wildfire and power outage

Joel McCord

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