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Coal Hollow Fire burns 2,300 acres, threatens structures and SR-6 in Utah County

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 16:11:49-04

PRICE, Utah – Crews are working to get the Coal Hollow fire under control after it began burning in Utah County on Saturday.

According to officials with the Manti-La Sal National Forest, the fire has burned about 1,100 acres and is burning through mixed conifer, pinion-juniper, Gamble oak and other brush.

“The fire is extremely smoky, which can hamper fire fighters on the ground and air support,” the National Forest wrote in a press release Sunday.

An air tanker was deployed and was dropping fire retardant in an attempt to keep the fire from growing, and 110 firefighters were assigned to the incident, the National Forest said. A type two management team was scheduled to go to the fire Wednesday to try and get the blaze contained.

Residences, railroad tracks, power lines and roads in the Dairy Hollow area were reportedly threatened by the fire, which was 1.5 miles away from SR-6 Monday afternoon.

The Coal Hollow Fire, courtesy Utah Fire Info Aug. 6, 2018

The following roads are closed near the fire to allow crews to access the blaze:

• Forest Road 0070/Lake Fork Canyon Road Segment (from the National Forest boundary In Lake Fork Canyon to the Junction of Forest Road 0006)
• Forest Road 0006/Dairy Fork Canyon Road (entire length from the junction with Forest Road 0070 to the National Forest boundary)

“Everyone is reminded that there are fire restrictions in place on the Manti-La Sal National Forest.  Campfires are limited to fire rings constructed by the Forest Service at developed recreation sites like campgrounds and picnic areas,” the National Forest wrote. “Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are allowed on the Forest.”