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Seeley Fire update 17:22

Sun Advocate reporter

The Seeley Fire has spread across 15,000 acres and is now estimated to cost $300,000 for emergency authorities to fight the fire, according to a release from the Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team.

As of 6 a.m., John Philbin, incident commander from the Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team, took over command of the Seeley Fire which is currently estimated to have burned 15,790 acres of land in Eastern Utah.

The wildfire, which has caused the evacuation of several areas including Scofield and Hiawatha, now has 210 firefighters on scene.

According to Philbin, more resources have arrived and still more have been ordered. Extreme drought conditions, bark-beetle killed trees, strong, gusty and unpredictable winds are still driving the fire.

A full suppression strategy continues on all fronts of the fire and structure protection measures continue to hold, according to a Friday afternoon press release. Crews have reportedly secured utility lines, gas lines and coal mining infrastructure within the fire's perimeter.

The incident command post is located at Canyon View Junior High as the fire continues to burn lands on the Manti LaSal National Forest.

A special meeting will be held at the Carbon County Events Center at 6 p.m. tonight for anyone interested in learning more information about the Seeley Fire.

The Sun Advocate will post more information about the Seeley Fire as it becomes available on and on our Facebook page,

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