CARBON COUNTY, Utah — As if firefighters don't have enough to worry about while battling wildfires around Utah, now come the falling rocks.
Crews fighting the Bear Fire in Carbon County Friday were almost hit by a massive rock that fell within 10 feet of them on US-6.
One of the hazards facing firefighters on the #BearFire. This rock fell from a cliff and landed on US-6 within 10 feet of a fire crew working along the highway. Thankfully, no one was injured. (Hard hat for scale.)— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) June 11, 2021
📷: Jason Porter, BLM#blmgl pic.twitter.com/CJaTdLn5E3
Utah's Bureau of Land Management shared a photo of the rock on social media, and had it sitting next to a truck to show how big it is.
Located near Helper, the Bear Fire has burned over 8,300 acres as of Friday morning, with crews containing only 5 percent of the fire. With less windy conditions Friday, officials were able to reopen traffic on US-6, but only one lane is available and will be guided by pilot cars.